Thursday, April 17, 2008

OL’ ROY OUT OF KANSAS' CRAPPER

by DOUG TUCKER - Associated Press

Roy Williams is out of the outhouse.

The large sketch of the former Kansas coach was removed from the men's room of the Downtown Barbershop on Monday where it had hung as a symbol of fan anger ever since he departed for North Carolina in 2003.

Now "Ol' Roy" is back where he used to be, prominently displayed among the hundreds of sketches, photographs and memorabilia that make the landmark little shop near the Kansas campus a shrine to Jayhawks athletics.

Instead of facing the urinal in the back of the building, the man who coached Kansas to nine conference championships is nestled between photographs of former Jayhawks greats Clyde Lovellette and Wilt Chamberlain.

"The hatchet is buried," shop owner Jon Amyx said. "I think most people would tell you that now."

After Kansas beat Williams' North Carolina team 84-66 in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament, many fans said they were no longer hurt and upset that Williams had left town for the Tar Heels without saying goodbye.

Then a week ago they saw Williams wearing a Jayhawk on his heart and cheering Bill Self's Kansas team to an overtime victory against Memphis in the NCAA championship game.

Amyx conducted a survey of his customers before deciding to end Williams' five-year exile to what they had come to call "Roy's Room."

Almost everyone said it was time to bring Roy out and return him to a place of honor.
Of course, the men's room still contains unflattering references to the hated archrival Missouri Tigers.

(AP Photos/Charlie Riedel)


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