Posted on: December 15, 2009 4:46 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2009 4:47 pm
Roy Williams used his radio show to discuss the details surrounding the removal of a fan during Saturday's win over Presbyterian. The North Carolina coach did not apologize for reacting to the heckler who yelled "Hey Deon, don't miss it!" while Deon Thompson shot free throws. But Williams did talk about the incident at length.
His comments in full are below (courtesy of InsideCarolina.com) :
"It’s strange that it has gotten a heck of a lot attention, but the good news is that I haven’t had to pay too much attention to it. I haven’t heard it, but people are telling me about it. It was unfortunate. Just to tell you in my opinion what happened… Let me give you some background first. In New York City, when we played Ohio State, it was the absolute worst scenario that I’ve ever had to put up with.
“A couple of guys about 10 feet from our bench screamed and yelled at us all night long. Yelled at our players and would say, ‘Deon Thompson – you stink.’ But they didn’t use the word ‘stink.’ Or ‘Dexter Strickland – you stink,’ but they didn’t use the word ‘stink.’ We had to listen to that garbage all night long and we had two different parents that sort of got a little disappointed, a little upset, could have gotten into a confrontation. The security guards did absolutely nothing and it really ticked me off. So I said, ‘I know we have to put up with that on the road, let’s just go.’ We didn’t say anything. Joe Holladay was sitting two or three feet from the guy, but we didn’t say anything whatsoever.
“Saturday night, all of a sudden, some guy stands up and starts yelling at Deon and it came from behind our bench. And you know how when some things happen, you instantly think of something? My first thought was, ‘Now our parents are having to listen to somebody else, and it’s in our own building.’ And so I turned around and I said, ‘Who said that?’ And about 40-50-60-70-80 people started pointing up at this guy. The guy gets up and starts gyrating with his arms and everything like, ‘Yeah, it was me,’ and that kind of thing. And it really did tick me off. I turned and said something to the ushers behind the bench and they started up through there, and I turned around and coached the game. I have no idea what happened. I never turned around to the guy again.
“But my feeling was immediately that our parents who sit right behind our bench have to put up with that stuff again in our own building. So that was it. And after the game, they told me that they had escorted the young man out. Supposedly what had happened was they had asked him for his ticket and he didn’t have a ticket or wasn’t supposed to be sitting in that seat. Supposedly, and I want to emphasis the word supposedly, he didn’t cooperate as much as they wanted, and they chose to take him out.
“Am I disappointed in the whole thing? Yeah, I’m disappointed that it happened. I’m disappointed that I even reacted to it. But again, in our own building, I don’t think that parents ought to have to listen to somebody chastising their son. And whether that’s right or wrong, that’s the way I am. If it’s wrong, it’s wrong. I hate that it happened. I wish that it never happened. Evidently, people have been getting after us all day [on Monday] or getting after me all day. But I tell you what, if that’s the only thing they’ve got to get after me about, I’m a happy young man… If I’m wrong, then that’s good, but I’m not apologizing.”
Posted on: January 10, 2009 9:28 pm
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- To those of you in need of a Marcus Ginyard update, congratulations, you've come to the right place, because I spent the afternoon at North Carolina as the Tar Heels prepared for their showdown with Wake Forest, and the first thing I did was ask Roy Williams if he would play his defensive stopper Sunday night.
"Probably not," Williams answered.
Like any good coach, Williams left himself a little wiggle room. That's fine. But after watching Ginyard spend most of Saturday's practice at the Dean Smith Center on a side goal working individually, I'd be shocked if he played against Wake Forest (or even at Virginia next week), and that really is too bad, because one of the things that made the possibilities for these Tar Heels so intriguing was the assumption that they'd be healthy, which, of course, they have not been.
Ginyard had preseason foot surgery and missed the first 11 games.
He returned and played 11 minutes against Rutgers on Dec. 28.
Then he played against Nevada and Boston College, too.
But Ginyard has never felt right, meaning something is still wrong. So Williams sat Ginyard down against Charleston, and now he's "probably" out for the Wake Forest game, and it remains unclear whether this will improve with time or if it'll linger through March.
"That's the reason they call it medical practice," Williams said. "Nobody knows."
Also on the injury front, some good news: Tyler Zeller is cast-free.
The freshman forward broke is wrist in the Nov. 18 win over Kentucky, had a screw inserted, serious surgery, so on and so forth. But the cast came off Wednesday, and Zeller spent Saturday shooting. And even though Williams said "everything is progressing well," doctors aren't even supposed to re-evaluate Zeller for another six weeks, and he will remain out for the season barring something miraculous or a drastic change of plans.
"I'm 99.9 percent sure (he won't play again this season)," Williams said.
Posted on: December 29, 2008 12:14 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2008 12:16 pm
Here's Monday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: Lute Olson (is the) best ever. Didn't get any free handouts. Recruited all the best talent away from UCLA and USC. Huggins is a scumbag!!!!!!! Parrish likes Huggins because he's a redneck like Parrish is.
This was a response to Saturday's post about Bob Huggins, the one where I asked "in terms of strictly winning and losing, how many coaches over the past 25 years have been as good and steady as Huggins has been?" My premise was based on the fact that Huggins has produced 22 winning records in 23 seasons as a Division I head coach while winning at least 20 games in 20 of those years, and though Colin's reaction was laced with the stupidity that some extreme fans possess, his central point about Lute Olson was on target, and I absolutely believe that Olson would be a strong contender in any conversation about the most consistent college basketball coaches of the past 25 years.
Olson coached Arizona to 23 consecutive NCAA tournaments before taking a leave of absence and subsequently retiring, and his last losing season was 1983-84. He also took Iowa to five consecutive NCAA tournaments before moving to Arizona, so I wouldn't have a problem if somebody put Olson first on the list, placed Roy Williams right behind him and then started the debate between Huggins, Mike Krzyzewski, Tom Izzo, Jim Calhoun, John Calipari, Rick Barnes, Rick Pitino, Tubby Smith, Jim Boeheim, Bill Self, Ben Howland and Bruce Pearl (if you count his years at Division II Southern Indiana).
Who am I missing?
And again, remember, I'm not talking about national titles, Final Fours or anything like that, exactly. I'm talking about a list of the men over the past 25 years who most consistently coached successful teams, i.e., the men who can be relied upon most to produce a winner year in and year out.
Posted on: October 9, 2008 1:04 am
Here's Thursday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: With Marcus Ginyard out eight weeks following surgery, it seems Danny Green will be the starting small forward in the season-opener for North Carolina. Do you think he'll relegate his star sixth man role and remain a starter the rest of the season? Also, do you see Ginyard's early absence damaging the Heel's title hopes in any way shape or form, no matter how minimal?
Assuming UNC is rolling along, playing well and undefeated heading into December with Danny Green in the starting lineup then I suspect Roy Williams will leave well enough alone. There would be no obvious reason to make a move under that scenario because it could A) alter team chemistry or B) frustrate Green, who probably feels like he ought to be starting anyway. So to answer your first question, yes, I think Green will remain a starter as long as North Carolina is clicking with him in the starting lineup.
As for your second question, no, I don't think Marcus Ginyard's absence will damage any title hopes.
He'll be back by the start of league play.
That's plenty of time to get ready for March.
Remember, Greg Oden didn't play for Ohio State until December two seasons ago, and that did nothing to damage the Buckeyes' title hopes. Plus (at the risk of stating the obvious), Ginyard isn't as important to UNC as Oden was to OSU. And ask yourself this question: If Ginyard would've transferred after last season, would the Tar Heels have still been everybody's preseason No. 1?
Answer: Of course.
So in the grand scheme of things, this is not a big deal.
But it is unfortunate, if only because it sucks when people get hurt.
PS: Thanks for the "amazing" comment. You're right, it helped ensure inclusion.
Posted on: June 17, 2008 11:49 am
Edited on: June 17, 2008 11:56 am
Here's Tuesday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: I'm waiting to hear your thoughts (on the North Carolina trio returning to college).
My thoughts are simple and predictable, basically that it's unreal and North Carolina is going to be as big a favorite as there has been in recent years to win the national title, the lone possible exception being the 2006-07 Florida Gators. Think about it: The Tar Heels are returning the top six scorers from a team that was the preseason No. 1 last year, that was No. 1 much of last season, that won 36 games and the ACC regular season and tournament title before advancing to the Final Four.
They'll have arguably the best point guard in the country (Ty Lawson), one of the best shooting guards in the country (Wayne Ellington), the best big man in the country (Tyler Hansbrough) and the best sixth man in the country (Danny Green) plus a top 10 recruiting class, and if Clemson is hoping to break its 53-game losing streak in Chapel Hill, well, Oliver Purnell would be wise to look ahead to the 2009-2010 season, at least. In all seriousness, Monday was a great day for Roy Williams, a great day for North Carolina and a great day for North Carolina fans. There's still no guarantee that the Tar Heels will win the national title, of course, but I'm not gonna be the one to pick against them.