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The UNC family squabbles go public

Posted on: February 5, 2011 1:50 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2011 3:13 pm
 
Posted by MATT JONES

No college basketball program in the country is prouder of its basketball alumni base than North Carolina. During the Dean Smith era, the image of a "UNC family" was cultivated and has become as large a part of UNC lore as its baby blue uniforms. The family concept plays a large part in recruiting, as the Tar Heels make use of their notable NBA alumni as well as any program in America, usually in the form of having the players coincidentally show up on campus when top flight recruits make their visits. It even affects decisions about the program, most famously showcased when the UNC leadership chose an inexperienced Matt Doherty to take over for Bill Guthridge, rather than trust the ship to someone outside the family. The image and reality of a UNC basketball cosa nostra is a large part of what makes North Carolina basketball unique and the family concept is to be cultivated and encouraged at all times.

That is partially why the story of Larry Drew quitting the team mid-season took many by surprise. It isn't uncommon for UNC to have transfers, as unworthy McDonald's All Americans ranging from Neil Fingleton to the Wear brothers have left the program over the years due to a lack of playing time or unharnessed ability. And, as Matt Norlander pointed out here yesterday, from a production standpoint, losing Larry Drew will be of little significance to Roy Williams's team this season or in the future. But for a player who has been a significant part of the rotation to just up and leave in the middle of the year with virtually no notice, well that suggests a rift in the family atmosphere that has previously been uncommon, or at least unspoken, in Chapel Hill.

Enter the wonderful world of Facebook. Yesterday, former UNC player Damion Grant posted well wishes for Larry Drew on his Facebook status saying, "always hate to see a player leave the fam, but no one can judge unless you walked in his shoes. Best wishes lil homie. Nothing but love Drew II." That set off a firestorm of comments on Grant's Facebook wall and led to this response by former UNC player Rashad McCants' father, James (the screen shot is linked here and contains some blatant salty language):

"He did what was best for him, simply because THE CURRENT COACH IS A PIECE OF (EXPLETIVE) (EXPLETIVE) AND i DON'T RECOMMEND ANYONE GET RECRUITED BY HIM HE WILL WRECK YOUR CAREER IF YOU ARE NOT AWARE OF HIS UNDERHANDED TACTIC AND INSINCERITY. BEWARE!!!!!!!

The topic then led to more back and forth conversation between McCants' father and other UNC fans in the comment section. Those comments included more criticism by McCants towards Williams, but have all since been removed, leaving us only with the screen shot above courtesy of The Devils' Den Duke Twitter feed (shocking that a Duke fan site would record it for posterity and future conversation, I know). It has always been rumored that Rashad McCants did not enjoy his time in Chapel Hill and had a decidedly rocky relationship with Coach Roy Williams. On at least one occasion, McCants has denied those rumors, but his father's comments suggest that the relationship was, at best, far from perfect. 

In the end, North Carolina will survive Larry Drew's departure on the court and his replacement at the point, Kendall Marshall is a better longterm solution for the Heels anyway. But his departure does poke some holes into the "one big happy UNC family" picture that is such an important part of the Carolina program and mystique. The notion that things are simply different at Carolina because the UNC family has a special strong lifetime bond that can't be severed looks to be, at least in some cases, a complete myth. Don't believe me? Just ask James McCants.
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Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2011 12:40 am
 

The UNC family squabbles go public

So I guess Father McCants is upset because Roy Williams couldn't turn his son into a major NBA talent who could command multi million dollar contracts.  It would be interesting to look into his background, until then I with hold any judgement of him.



Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2011 12:02 am
 

The UNC family squabbles go public

You Carolina fans kill me. You do know what year it is don't you?  You know how to add, right? UNC never won 2 in 4 years and they sure as he*l haven't won 2 of the LAST 4. They won 2 of 5 (FIVE) and 2 of the last 6 (SIX) and will soon be 2 of the last 7.  Time has moved forward since Hansbrough left, and is still moving forward.  But I don't get it.  It is not like "2 in 5" is bad.  It is amazing.  Only been done by a handful of schools.  Saying "2 of the last 6" isn't bad either.  Why do you have to lie about it?  It is impressive without the lie.  The lying is unnecessary.
1 - 2005 -  UNC2 - 2006 -  Florida3 - 2007 -  Florida4 - 2008 -  Kansas5 - 2009 -  UNC6 - 2010 -  Duke7 - 2011 -  ?????



Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2011 11:26 pm
 

The UNC family squabbles go public

For every Carolina supporter there are 4 ABC supporters, your article tries to poke holes in the Family.  Family has problems, problems are solved within.  All on the outside see this as sign a of crumbling of the foundation, not true.  For those who have no idea all you can do is guess and post your SWAG's (Scientific Wild Ass Guess).  We really love seeing and hearing the rumbling of other "athletic supporters" as it shows we are still envied because of a successful program that graduates it student athletes at a high rate.  Bash if it makes you feel better, however if you notice each departure was preceeded by a call from Daddy.  We really want our student athletes to grow and prosper with a degree and or a trip to the league with both.  We know to some 2 NCAA championships in the last four is not significant, we beg to differ.  UNC - University of National Champions.  Tongue out 

 

 



Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2011 11:09 pm
 

The UNC family squabbles go public

FINALLY!!!!!!!!! Drew has sucked. He should thank God that his dad was a nba coach or is butt would have been on the bench along time ago. What a baby. He should work on his game instead of trying to run away from his problems. Man that is what is wrong with this country we are raising a bunch of sissys. Carolina will still be Carolina and We will beat Duke wednesday. GOOD RIDDENS LARRY!



Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2011 10:44 pm
 

The UNC family squabbles go public

ROY WILLIAMS IS A GOOD COACH AND UNC BASKETBALL WILL CONTINUE TO BE ONE OF THE BEST PROGRAMS IN THE COUNTRY. DREW JUST MAD BECAUSE HE LOST HIS SPOT. AS A COMPETITOR HE SHOULD HAVE PICKED HIS GAME UP PLAYED BETTER AND ONE HIS SPOT BACK. HE GOT MAD QUIT ON HIS TEAM WITH LIKE EIGHT GAMES LEFT. ANY BODY WHO WATCHED UNC BASKETBALL THIS YEAR KNOWS THAT KENDALL MARSHALL OUT PLAYED HIM AND THE TEAM PLAYED BETTER WITH HIM ON THE FLOOR.




Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2011 10:33 pm
 

The UNC family squabbles go public

Full facebook screenshots of the chat at 



Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2011 9:44 pm
 

family time

roy williams tries to convince every recruit they will be the next michael jordan and an nba superstar.  It's BS, but recruits buy into it.



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2011 8:59 pm
 

The UNC family squabbles go public

Amen, well said.



Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2011 8:27 pm
 

The UNC family squabbles go public

Okay.  I don't understand.  A kid seems spoiled by his parents and all of a sudden, UNC basketball is in trouble.  Are you kidding me?  McCants adds validity to this?  Really?  McCants was unhappy when Doherty was coach.  He was unhappy with Williams as coach.  He was unable to play in the NBA.  Sometimes kids are just problems.  How is that a reflection on the coach or the programs.  It was said that Williams won with Doherty's recruits in '05.  I guess we forgot about the '09 team with Lawson, Ellington, Green, and Hansbrough, and what was probably one of the strongest, most dominant UNC teams in history.  At least since the 80's with Worthy, Perkins, and Jordan.  Guess who recruited those guys.  Anybody remember that?  Of course not.  This is just another excuse for people to hate one of the best athletic programs in history.  Of course they have problems.  All families do!



Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2011 8:17 pm
 

The UNC family squabbles go public

Matt Jones is a joke.


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