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Is Roy Williams afraid to play in Madison?

Posted on: May 19, 2011 9:59 am
Edited on: May 19, 2011 10:09 am
"We don't need no stinking Badgers," Roy Williams never said.

Posted by Eric Angevine

When the ACC/Big Ten matchups came out, the announcement stuck in one man's craw. Wedged itself in there sideways, apparently.

Not that having a glottal obstruction stopped former Wisconsin AD Pat Richter from speaking. Oh no, he spoke.

Annoyed that the game between Wisconsin and UNC will not be played in Madison, Richter told WTLX-FM exactly what he thinks of Carolina's head coach. "I know darn well that you'll never get Roy Williams here. He won't come to Wisconsin; he's afraid the people are going to boo him and everything else. I think that's all bogus," Richter said.

Website further expounded on Richter's agita:

In comments taped for his weekly radio show on WTLX-FM/100.5 and made public in advance of air time, Richter takes the Challenge's scheduling process to task. And he asserts that Williams, who remains an unpopular character locally a decade after ripping the Badgers' style of play in their 2000 Final Four appearance, "won't come to Madison" and ensures that aim by unduly influencing the decision-makers at ESPN and the respective conferences.

Richter notes that after the UW-UNC matchup was bypassed in the first 12 editions of the Challenge, it finally comes to pass at a time when a loaded North Carolina team will open the season in the Top 5.

If Williams is concerned about the possibility of being booed, he is right to be. His comments about the slow-down style preferred by the Badgers in 2000 have stayed under the skin of several Wisconsinites. Williams was booed in 2002 when Kansas played at the Kohl Center for the Midwest Regional. That wasn't even a direct matchup of the two teams.

Big-time basketball coaches know how to showcase their teams. Whether Williams was able to turn things his way or not, that's the way it looks to fans in Madison. Ol' Roy's going to take some heat, whether he likes it or not.

The trick, for the UNC athletic department, is going to be keeping Williams from firing back. The UNC coach has a reputation for being thin-skinned and publicly combative with those who say things he doesn't like to hear. There may yet be more fireworks in the offing.

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Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 7:46 pm

Is Roy Williams afraid to play in Madison?

Got that right about Roy being thin-skinned!  Remember the time he didn't like the coverage his team was getting in the student newspaper, so he tricked the student sportswriters into coming into his office with the promise of an interview?  And then once he had them there, he raked them over the coals with a profanity-laden tirade!  Then lied about doing it, only to get busted when it turned out one of the student sportswriters had tape recorded the whole thing!  Ha ha ha ha . . . cussing out STUDENT WRITERS . . . ha ha ha ha.

Oh, wait . . . that was Coach K.  But of course Dook Lover Angevine has to write something negative about Carolina once a month or so or Coach K will stop taking his calls.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 3:27 pm

Is Roy Williams afraid to play in Madison?

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 2:38 pm

Is Roy Williams afraid to play in Madison?

Much ado about nothing. Get the Tarholes into a half court game, and they aren't nearly as good. That is what Wisky specializes in. I wouldn't want to play them at home either if I was Roy.

Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 12:51 am

Is Roy Williams afraid to play in Madison?

Dude, you need to look back to his Kansas days if you don't think he had players who could play Pro ball.  Paul Pierce, Raef Lafrentz, Greg Oestertag, Jacque Vaughn, Drew Gooden, Kirk Hinrich, Nick Collison, etc. etc.

Roy should have had a Championship while here at KU but you are correct that the guy can coach.  His biggest shortcoming in my opinion is that sometimes he doesn't call timeouts when the other team gets hot.

Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: May 21, 2011 8:36 pm

Is Roy Williams afraid to play in Madison?

I don't care about Guthridge's Winning percentage... It was a great feat for a 3 year coach but his records got worse evey year he was the head coach and I care more about winning the Championship over winning records. Guthridge won with smiths player's and couldn't bring the recruits to UNC...ask Doherty. Shempy... I misread your comment, my apologies but when you go from Smith to Guthridge yes it was losing to me. I would rather have losing records then have winning records and not win the whole thing. Ask Bob Huggins what he would rather have... I don't even look at Huggie bear as a winner until he WINS the Championship.

Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: May 21, 2011 6:37 pm

Is Roy Williams afraid to play in Madison?

Do you watch college basketball? Sounds like you have been out of the country for a decade or so! Guthridge was awesome .... Saying Williams turned UNC into a winner is just plain dumb! Get a clue, moron!

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: May 21, 2011 6:26 pm

Is Roy Williams afraid to play in Madison?

Roy is not afraid to play anyone at anytime, He is one of the top 10 College coaches ever

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: May 21, 2011 5:35 pm

Is Roy Williams afraid to play in Madison?

@PvtHurley -- for the record, you should re-read Shempy's post, as he's correct that UNC didn't make it to the 2010 NCAA Tournament, which he correctly stated was last year.  They did make this year's tournament (2011) before getting bounced by UK.

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: May 21, 2011 4:33 pm

Is Roy Williams afraid to play in Madison?

Dude, did you seriously just say Bill Guthridge had losing ways? Come on, don't be ignorant.

Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: May 21, 2011 3:38 pm

Is Roy Williams afraid to play in Madison?

LMAO... They made the turney last year you tard! Shows what you know about NCAAB... Williams also came to UNC and has turned the program into a winning program after Matt Doherty and Bill Guthridge had their losing ways marked up and down this school. Williams is the savior of this school and he is the only successful coach to take over after Dean Smith. Give the guy respect because it takes alot of heart to follow in Dean Smiths footsteps and he has done a hell of a job! Kudo's to you Williams and keep haters like this idiot here where they need to be... In a special class!

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