Sorensen: For the love of all that's holy don't give UNC's Roy Williams a BB gun

tsorensen@charlotteobserver.comNovember 29, 2011 

In the interest of full disclosure, I admit that, as I write this, I am not wearing Tar Heel blue.

Roy Williams, the North Carolina basketball coach, cares way too much about how other adults dress. Wear Wolfpack red to the Dean Dome, or the colors of Nevada-Las Vegas to a basketball tournament in, I don't know, Las Vegas, and Ol' Roy becomes ever so angry.

Williams went off on his radio show Monday night about the North Carolina fans who sold their tickets to fans of UNLV. The UNLV fans sat behind the North Carolina bench at the Las Vegas Invitational Saturday and went so far as to cheer for the Runnin' Rebels.

Undefeated UNLV upset the Tar Heels by 10.

The tickets behind the bench were purchased through the Rams Club, the school's booster organization. This means the fans that pay more to hang around athletes and stuff than some people make in a year sold their tickets to the enemy, or scalpers, and the scalpers sold the tickets. Maybe the North Carolina fans had to go home. Maybe they they spent too many hours in the casino, lost thousands and sold tickets so they could buy shoes for their kids.

I don't know. If fans want to sell their tickets, I figure it's their business.

Roy figures it's his.

"It's frustrating, it's disappointing," Williams told the media Tuesday. "Do you think ESPN likes Fox to be successful? Do you think Nike likes Under Armour to be successful? I mean, I'm competing out there. I don't like our fans to help the other team by either giving or selling their tickets. That's disappointing. And to do it right beside our families, you know, that's the biggest thing. And then to have somebody that's just negative, negative, negative right in five feet of an assistant coach's wife for two nights.

"You know you get tired of that. But it's something that's always bothered me. It will always bother me. A hundred years ago I'm watching in Lawrence, Kansas, and North Carolina's playing North Carolina State and there were five million red shirts in the crowd. And if I'd had a BB gun, five million red shirts would have had a burned rear end. Because I just don't like those kinds of things. I mean, seriously. You guys like it when all the Internet people beat you on a story? I mean, that's what it is. It's competition. And if you were my friend, you are not going to help the competition."

The idea of a man older than 60 shooting the rear ends of five million N.C. State fans is not something I want to think about before I eat. Think of all those BBs. You'd probably have to sell Tar Heel tickets to afford them.

What does Williams think of Tar Heel fans who wear Tar Heel colors to N.C. State? And cheer for the visitors? Are they his friends?

The problem with major college coaches is that they have too many people telling them how special they are. It's a problem because the lesser among them believe it.

Soon, coaching the players is not enough. They want to coach fans, too.

Some even want to dress them.

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