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Roy Williams angry at UNC fans ... again

Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:05 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 12:10 pm

By Matt Norlander

Ol' Roy's frustrated with the Tar Heel fan base again.

This happens from time to time. In fact, a simple Google search of "Roy Williams angry at Heels fans" brings up instances in the past when the man's gone after his fan base. But when you've won two national titles at your alma mater, you've got the slack to be honest with your feelings. Too many coaches are afraid to challenge their fan base; Williams can be a phony in some areas, but in this one he's not, and I love that about him. The man has emotions and he gets his feelings hurt and he's going to tell you about it. There aren't three other head coaches in college basketball like that.

The latest fan base frustration Williams has stems from Saturday night, when his top-ranked Heels fell to UNLV in Vegas. Apparently the team lacked the comfort of having a few rows of Carolina Blue supporters behind the team bench. A few dozen seats for road games are normally reserved for UNC fans, usually by boosters who have the cash to front those kind of ducats.

But the team didn't have its usual rah-rah'ing behind the baseline Saturday night. Evil UNLV fans infiltrated the system! And so Williams is now ticked.

On his radio show Monday, he went after anyone who sold their seats, alienating the unknown in the process.'s Robbi Pickeral writes:
“For some of our fans to … get tickets through the Rams Club, and sell their tickets to UNLV boosters that are sitting right behind our families, I don’t like that,’’ he said. “And if the shoe fits, wear it. I don’t care who it is, and I’ll tell the sucker face-to-face: I do not like that, will not like that, don’t ever forget it. I’m trying to find out who it was.”

According to Williams, there was a UNLV fan sitting next to one of the Tar Heel coaches’ wives who was being so negative toward the team that his usually-non-confrontational high school coach turned around and said something to that fan. ... Williams has long been sensitive to who's sitting behind his bench; a couple years back, he was accused of having a Presbyterian College fan thrown out of the Smith Center after that fan was screaming for a UNC player at the free throw line to miss it; Williams insists he never asked for that fan to be escorted out, only to find out if the man had tickets for that section.

But to the people who sold those tickets: “If you sell our tickets, your tickets that you get to the Rams Club to somebody else, and they come in cheering for UNLV, I’ve got no use for you,’’ Williams said. “And that’s as blunt as I can put it.”

He later added: “People have a right -- but not our people. You’re either with me, or you’re not. There’s no middle ground.”
There's plenty of schadenfreude to go around here, as enemy fans of UNC will get plenty of glee from Williams getting his undies in a knot over not having his little space perfect during a road game. The funny thing -- yes, this story is funny -- is, Williams is going up against a faceless enemy. In tough times, you can't stop people from selling their seats. Just how it is.

Carolina's next road game is Saturday at Kentucky. There's going to be plenty of blue behind UNC's bench their, too -- just no telling which shade it will be.

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Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:03 am

Roy Williams angry at UNC fans ... again

Love it, love it. ....I am going to make a sign "2 free UNC tickets, meet Roy" and go stand at the probation office.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:33 pm

Roy Williams angry at UNC fans ... again

Obviously math and economics aren't Roy Williams' forte. Those seats probably sold 1000% above their regular ticket price. In a bad economy, that's easy money that can't be passed up. 

Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:01 pm

Roy Williams angry at UNC fans ... again

I've been on this earth a long long time and always a tarheel fan.  Roy Williams was to short to play in college with the big boys so he was on the junior varsity squad.  I didn't care for him when he was an assistant under Dean Smith.  He was successful at KU but never won a national there.  There is just something about him that I really don't care for.  I think he his a phony in lots of things he says and does at UNC.  I think he plays games with the fans when he does something wrong and trys to hide it.  Don't care for him but I guess he is considered a great coach with 2 national titles.  Just does not seem to be sincere and real to me.  He doesn't recruit, the playes recruit UNC and Williams is there taking all the credit.....So what do you Duke fans think about this.....

Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:03 pm

Roy Williams angry at UNC fans ... again

nc should be happy they have him..i wish us ku people had him...i like self..but roy has nc 2 titles..we have 1...

Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:34 pm

Roy Williams angry at UNC fans ... again

I think this says more about the UNC fanbase than it does about Roy.  They are fair weather fans.  When they are good, they expect it and are arrogant about it.  When they are bad, they are so arrogant that they can't fathom that the other team is not rolling over and letting them win.
Bottom line:  UNC fans should be there (Vegas) and they should have packed the place.  When KU was there a few years back, we overran that arena and city for that matter.  You couldn't go anywhere w/out seeing Jayhawk gear or hearing a "Rock Chalk".  That is what college basketball is about.  So get your a$$es to the games, Tarheel "fans", no matter where they are.

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:01 pm

Roy Williams angry at UNC fans ... again

Listen to this guy: "You're either with me or you're not!" What a douche. How dare you defy him?! What's he going to do if the university ever tries to fire him, raise up an army? If you're so mentally weak that you can't deal with opposing fans, do you want to tell me again about the fine lessons you're teaching these kids? If things don't go your way, you pout and stomp and hold your breath and threaten people until you get your way. Great stuff.

Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:00 pm

Roy Williams angry at UNC fans ... again

Maybe Roy's right. You would never see that happen at a UK game....

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:07 pm

Roy Williams angry at UNC fans ... again

Roy is mad because he got blown out. Roy doesn't like being at North Carolina- he screwed up when he left KU. He was a hero at Kansas. At North Carolina, he is Dean jr. to the fans.

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:03 pm

Roy Williams angry at UNC fans ... again

Ol Roy is just changing the subject, he doesn't want to talk about why they lost, he wants to take it out on the little rich boy who is more interested in getting richer than keeping ignorant fans from Roy's family, he also wants to worry about beating Wisconsin tonight and Kentucky Sat... he's got bigger fish to fry and it starts tonight!

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:23 am

Roy Williams angry at UNC fans ... again

I sold 2 of my seats in Vegas courtside and got $2000 for them.  If Roy doesn't like it he can kiss my a$$.

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