CHAPEL HILL — Roy Williams is the most overrated coach in the country, according to a CBSSports.com poll of nearly 100 coaches. PHOTO: Robert Willett
CHAPEL HILL If you were coming up with a list of the most overrated coaches in college basketball, what names might be on it? St. Johns Steve Lavin? Rick Barnes, of Texas? Maybe Villanovas Jay Wright?
What about North Carolina coach Roy Williams?
Williams doesnt seem overrated. After all, he has coached teams to seven Final Fours and two national championships. Apparently, though, his street cred is lacking in the coaching community.
In a poll conducted by CBSSports.com, Williams was named by his peers the most overrated coach in the country. Twenty-three percent of the nearly 100 coaches polled identified Williams as the most overrated coach in the game.
Barnes finished second in the poll, followed by Baylors Scott Drew, Lavin, Wright and UCLAs Ben Howland.
Certainly, you can make a case for Barnes, who has a great reputation despite a less-than-great resume of one Final Four and no national championships. I can see Drew, who has guided teams to the NCAA tournament just three times in his 10 seasons as a head coach. Certainly Lavin and Howland would be in the discussion.
But ol Roy? Overrated? Really?
CBSSports.com ran an anonymous quote with some of the coaches who were named to the list, and heres the one about Williams: Hes won at Kansas and UNC. But who couldnt do that besides Matt Doherty?
Thats a fair point. Sure, certain programs have inherent advantages over others, and those advantages make winning easier. But isnt Kansas considered Kansas in part because of the job Williams did during his 15 seasons there? And, speaking of Doherty, what about the job Williams did of reestablishing the Tar Heels after Doherty brought the program to its depths? Sure, Doherty recruited the talent most responsible for Williams first national championship in 2005 but Williams had to meld that talent together and lead it.
He had to, you know coach it.
If anything, Williams name at the top of a list like this just goes to show, once again, the insane expectations that come with coaching at UNC. Winning a lot of games isnt merely enough. Same with trips to the Elite Eight. Williams has won two national championships in the past eight seasons but, to some in the coaching profession, that apparently isnt impressive enough.