Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ol’ Roy: “Keep Your Damn Phone Calls To Yourself”

Seems as UNC’s head coach Roy Williams is a bit cranky with radio talk show callers.
And, generally speaking, who can blame him?

It goes like this: The Heels barely get their arms up in a rout in Atlanta on Sunday night and then some of Tar Heel faithful (many of whom expect UNC to be the undefeated NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Champion EVERY year) call his show and want answers about the dismal performance.

Williams was not amused. 


We’re guessing that while Ol’ Roy was probably tough on his boys in the locker room after the game and at practice on Monday, the veteran coach had their back when it came to public criticism.
Williams thought he showed "great restraint" on his Monday night show when callers peppered him with inquiries about the Heels effort in the 20-point loss, the starting lineup, the substitution pattern, their emotional status – you name it.

(Now, Ol’ Roy has to remember that he volunteered for this gig (he is not required by the University to do the show), and the Raleigh News & Observer notes that this headache come with an annual paycheck of at least $400,000.)

After Tuesday night’s win against Clemson, Williams vented to the media.

"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.”

Williams went on to say, "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."

Also according to the News & Record, Tuesday night, Williams also said he was sorry for making an issue of the radio show during the post-game news conference.

"But my God, these are 18-, 19-, 20-year-olds. Did any of you call my call-in show? Then I apologize; I should tell them that. I thought I showed great restraint last night."

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