Roy Williams Doesn’t Want Your HelpPosted by nvr1983 on January 20th, 2011
Over the years UNC coach Roy Williams has had his share of media meltdowns with the most famous being during his last days at Kansas when he rebuffed a question about taking the UNC job, which he took a few days later. Then there was his decision to have a fan thrown out of a game for telling one of the UNC players to miss a free throw. Along the way Roy has developed a reputation for a rather short fuse when things don’t go his way, which isn’t unlike many other highly successful coaches. Occasionally he says things that I’m sure that the PR people at UNC wish he hadn’t (comparing last season to the earthquake in Haiti being a prime example).
After the comparison to the earthquake in Haiti, Williams apologized and, while he has stopped comparing a bad season to a natural disaster that essentially destroyed a country, he still has not stopped making controversial statements and flipping out when his team underperforms (as it has this season) or when fans offer suggestions or (gasp) criticism, as happened this Monday on his call-in show. Following an embarrassing 20-point loss at Georgia Tech, Williams was met with a stream of calls that offered suggestions and/or questioned the way the team was being run. According to Williams and the show’s co-host Woody Durham, he mostly laughed off the suggestions and questions, but following the Tar Heels’ victory over Clemson on Tuesday he responded to the suggestions from the callers:
“I’m really proud of those kids. Everybody talked about how poorly they played at Georgia Tech. My radio call [show] last night stunk; everybody was talking about how they were Carolina fans for 9 million years and how bad we are. I don’t give a damn how long you’re a Carolina fan; those are kids in the locker room, and they played their buns off tonight…I can remember working for Coach [Dean] Smith, and we go down to Clemson, and we got beat 93-76, and I thought the world was going to end. … But I didn’t have everybody calling up the TV show, talking about my team. Don’t call me next week and say how good we are; keep your damn phone calls to yourself.”
For the record, Williams gets a meager $400,000 per year for the show where he takes calls that he would want you to keep to yourself. While we can understand some of the frustration that Williams had after a such a poor showing at Georgia Tech, the fact that he waited until after UNC beat Clemson in Chapel Hill for 55th consecutive time exhibits a hubris and a deep-seated resentment of the anybody challenging his authority that borders on the absurd. The fact that Mike Krzyzewski and Duke has taken back Tobacco Road so quickly after it appeared like the Tar Heels had a stranglehold on the area to the point where we even questioned if Coach K had lost it. Now, UNC sits on the verge of failing to make the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive year and their archrival is poised to make a run at a repeat national championship. And it clearly isn’t sitting well with Williams. For their part, UNC through spokesman Steve Kirschner deemed the entire incident a non-issue and would not even call Williams for a comment. I guess we will just have to wait for Roy’s next decree from above before we can hear anything about the state of UNC basketball.
[Ed. Note: For the record, if any of you want to pay us $400,000 per year you can criticize us and offer as many suggestions as you want.]