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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: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2011 7:48 pm
 

The UNC family squabbles go public

Matt also wrote a piece saying something like, "Don't worry.  Duke will get a #1 seed."  I suppose reporting people's Facebook posts counts as some pre-evolved form of actual journalism, but I think you might have been better off just Tweeting this.  It says nothing of substance but expresses rumor-mongering on par with middle school girls with a crush on big and rich dook.  I can't wait for the showdown.



Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2011 7:40 pm
 

The UNC family squabbles go public

Damn, you're dumber than a sack of hammers. 



Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2011 7:01 pm
 

The UNC family squabbles go public

Noone can deny that the Heels are not the program they were.  The ACC is pathetic this year (other than Duke), so being in 2nd place is not significant.  They have a total lack of outside shooting and their D is half-hearted at best.  Yes, they beat an awful Ky (barely) at home, but the last 8 minutes of that game neither team hit a shot.  The recent improvement of their record is more of a result of playing a weak ACC than of true court skills and coaching.  The sense one gets is that they are holding on to their past glories, rather than face the reality that the program has become ordinary.  This team is Roy's team, as was last year's.  The title team were Doherty's recruits.  The results speak for themselves.  The recent squabbles are indicative of a program going steadily downhill despite having a blank check on recruiting.




Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2011 6:44 pm
 

The UNC family squabbles go public

damn i follow unc basketball and i guess i just didnt realize drew3 wasnt there idk i mean he was getting alittle better but bullock starting or coming of the bench was helping these past couple of games. sucks to see any tar heel go. personally i never liked the wear twins to me they were over hyped anyway. Williams seems like a good coach ive never met him personally of course but McCants was part of the 05 championship team and was needed during the run BUT even in the NBA he was a problem. his dad is a retard. Anyways Tar Heels will still when the Final Four with HB 20 plus in the past two games. Maybe he finally will play up to his potential GO HEELS



Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2011 6:38 pm
 

The UNC family squabbles go public

Don't pay him any mind. He said himself on his radio show that he just lies around the house and surfs the net for stuff to fill posts with.  Anyone with any common sense knows that he is trying to bring all these other programs down to the level of those notorious cheaters at UK. UK sucks. Enjoy having an elite 8 as the goal for the season because they aint winning anything anytime soon.



Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2011 6:32 pm
 

The UNC family squabbles go public

Just because Carolina gives you a scholarship doesn`t mean that you are Michael Jordan. Mc Cants was lazy and didn`t play defense.  Didn`t McCants leave school early and declare that he was ready for the NBA, cutting short his education? Blame his bad attitude for not playing in the NBA.



Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2011 6:08 pm
 

The UNC family squabbles go public

Matt,You're a freakin idiot. Screw you dude. Just because you're a Kentucky fan and they havn't won anything in over a decade doesn't mean you have to take shots at better programs. Because of a Facebook comment from a bitter father with problems of a former player, you are saying the Carolina family is a myth? Really? Wow. CBS just lost a lot of credibility for letting you write for them. Isn't CBSSports supposed to be the real deal. Well, they can't be with jackasses like you working for them. 
And BTW, remember last year when you came to Chapel Hill for the FSU game, and afterward someone came up to you and told you not to come back to Chapel Hill because of the other worthless story you wrote?  Yeah, that was me.  So don't come back here you good for nothing piece of dirt.  However, I do hope you were in Chapel Hill when we beat Kentucky this season for what seems to be like a regular thing for us.  What is it now, 6 out of 7, right?



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2011 6:02 pm
 

The UNC family squabbles go public

North Carolina Tarheels are in the piedmont. We appalachian hillbillies do not associate with flatlanders.



Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2011 5:48 pm
 

The UNC family squabbles go public

CBS certainly went off the reservation on the issue hear but then again maybe not, when they reference Rashad Mccant's father. He is another one of those who thought his son was all that and the attitude his son displayed at times conveyed the same attitude. These all about me players will end up playing in China or maybe playing for Daddy's team.  Team players don't bail on their team in mid season, because they don't start. The good one's like Bobby Frazior and Quinton Thomas simply "man up and play harder". They may not end up in the NBA, but I can guarantee they earn the lifetime respect of their teammates, coaches and fans. This is something the Drews and the Wears will never have,  A Quitter is just that "a quitter". The "all about me players" do not deserve any sympathy or support .  I think you will find that the one's who do support them have similar personalities. 



Since: Jul 8, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2011 5:48 pm
 

The UNC family squabbles go public

Why would anybody listen to James McCants?


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