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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.

ESPN.com'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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Comments

Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:59 am
 

Roy Williams angry at UNC fans ... again

NEVER DID LIKE ROY WILLIAMS , IF A PERSON WANTS TO YELL THINGS THAT ARE NEGATIVE TOWARD HIS TEAM ,SO BE IT . THIS IS A FREE COUNTRY AND THAT PERSON BOUGHT TICKETS TO SEE AND YELL FOR THE TEAM HE WANTED TO WIN . WILLIAMS HAS ALWAYS BEEN KNOWN AS A CRY BABY .
I SUSPECT HE'LL GET HIS ASS KICKED SEVERAL TIMES THIS SEASON ESPECIALLY THIS COMING SATURDAY



Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:53 am
 

Roy Williams angry at UNC fans ... again

YEAH, TWO CRY BABIES WITHIN 8 MILES OF EACH OTHER



Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:50 am
 

Roy Williams angry at UNC fans ... again

ROY WILLIAMS IS A CRY BABY



Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:06 am
 

Roy Williams angry at UNC fans ... again

Roy makes enough money that if he really wanted to fix the problem he would just buy those tickets himself and give them out to who he wants to be there.  Shut up and put your money where your mouth is Roy. 

You don't know why those people sold their tickets, something could have come up at the last minute, they might have hit a bad spot cash flow wise, or something else might have happened.  Get over it and start worrying about your next game.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:56 am
 

Roy Williams angry at UNC fans ... again

When I put on the uniform of our country I, and millions like me, fought for the nation and its constitution. The first amendment guarantees free speech. The  nation was founded on free trade. If people have the right to buy a ticket they also have the right to see that ticket. Frankly, coach, the winning of basketball games takes place on the court and not in the stands. If you are not teaching the student-athletes to handle pressure it is on you and not the fans.

Sometime Roy acts like UNC ought to be more privileged than other schools. He wants perks that others do not get. Now don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Roy or UNC. But this whining by Roy can only reduce UNC to whiners in the eyes of the public. He is their face and he must act with class and dignity conducive to one of the finest schools in the country. Lighten up coach and manage your team, not the fans. Losing a game is not the end of your career. Even when ranked number one.



Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Roy Williams angry at UNC fans ... again

Not the biggest whiner. That person coaches about 8 miles from UNC



Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:16 pm
 

Roy Williams angry at UNC fans ... again

Not the biggest whiner. That guy coaches 8 miles away.



Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:37 pm
 

Roy Williams angry at UNC fans ... again

"Williams can be a phony in some areas" - care to provide evidence to support that statement, Norlander?



Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:06 pm
 

Roy Williams angry at UNC fans ... again

I agree with Coach Williams. Making a quick buck instead of rooting for your team is PATHETIC. If you don't want to sit there in the first place, don't buy the tickets. I am sure a TRUE BLUE fan would have bought it and actually went to the game.
No excuse for losing though.



Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Roy Williams angry at UNC fans ... again

Roy is the biggest crybaby in college basketball!


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