Williams apologizes to UNC fans

UNC coach criticized callers to radio show

Staff writerJanuary 26, 2011 

UNC basketball coach Roy Williams says he should not have criticized his radio show callers last week who phoned in to criticize his team.

"I wish I had not said one word," Williams said during this week's radio show on Monday night, according to a transcript posted by Insidecarolina.com.

Last Tuesday after UNC's win over Clemson, Williams was trying to defend his players when he said during the postgame news conference: "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 fan, those are kids in the locker room, and they played their buns off tonight. ... Don't call me next week and say how good we are; keep your damn phone calls to yourself."

Monday, however, he said he should have kept his mouth shut.

"Whether it was uncharacteristic or not for me to do that, everybody has got to realize that I'm human," Williams said, according to the Insidecarolina.com transcript. "That if you say something that upsets me and that I don't think is fair, then I'll try to swallow it for 24 hours and then somebody said something at the press conference. Do I wish that I would have just let it go and not said a word? You're darn right I do. I wish I had not said one word. I wish that I would have just kept swallowing it. I hate that I said that. What I hate even more is that I categorized people when I said 'fans,' because our fans don't upset me. My gosh, the fans in the Smith Center this year have been unbelievable. They've helped us in games. North Carolina fans have just been phenomenal.

"But it is, and people have just got to accept it, I'm not perfect. Never will be and never have been. But if somebody says something that is not fair... Somebody told me Mack Brown used to say, 'Well, how many times have you been to practice?' But was I wrong. ... You're darn right I was wrong. I shouldn't have said it because it came out that I was criticizing fans."

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