Tuesday, March 25, 2008

NEWS FLASH: OL' ROY STARES DOWN NCAA

Ken Tysiac, The Charlotte Observer

Roy Williams will get his wish.

Players won't be slipping on giant decals for the remainder of the NCAA Tournament. The floors at the Final Four and the four regional sites, including Charlotte Bobcats Arena, weren't scheduled to get decals.

The future of the decals, which bear the NCAA logo, will be part of the NCAA's customary extensive review after the tournament.

"We're glad," said Steve Kirschner, UNC's associate athletic director for communications, "because we think it's certainly safer for the players."

During Sunday's second-round win against Arkansas at the RBC Center, UNC's Tyler Hansbrough and Marcus Ginyard slipped on the circular NCAA decal, which was more than 20 feet in diameter and centered at midcourt.

Williams opened his postgame news conference by saying the logos are dangerous. "Pull the dadgum things off," he said.

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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