UNC's Roy Williams: 'Keep your damn phone calls to yourself'

STAFF WRITERJanuary 19, 2011 

— Want to criticize his players? Keep it to yourself, North Carolina coach Roy Williams said Tuesday.

After watching his team bounce back from its 20-point loss at Georgia Tech by topping Clemson by 10 on Tuesday night, Williams took his Monday night radio callers to task.

During his weekly radio show, he was asked about everything from why he didn’t try a triangle-and-two defense, to the starting lineup. The basic tone of many questions: why aren’t they playing better?

"I’m really proud of those kids,’’ Williams said during his post-game media session on Tuesday. “Everybody talked about how poorly they played at Georgia Tech. My radio call [show] last night stunk; everybody was talking about how they were Carolina fans for 9 million years and how bad we are; I don’t give a damn how long you’re a Carolina fans, those are kids in the locker room, and they played their buns off tonight.

"I can remember working for Coach [Dean] Smith, and we go down to Clemson, and we got beat 93-76, and I thought the world was going to end. … But I didn’t have anybody calling up the TV show, talking about my team. Don’t call me next week and say how good we are; keep your damn phone calls to yourself.”

After a later question, Williams added: “…And I apologize, talking to you [media about this], but my God, these are 18-, 19-, 20-year olds. Did any of you call my call in show? Then I apologize; I should tell them that. I thought I showed great restraint last night.”

“Yes, you did,’’ call-in show moderator Woody Durham agreed.

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