The “Carolina Way” has always had a fundamental corollary that in hindsight is obvious: loyalty equals ethics. According to this equation, as long as coaches and administrators adhere to the principles of program loyalty – never criticize the program publicly, respect the program hierarchy, don’t question openly any aspect of the enormously successful system that Dean Smith established – then everyone is doing things the “right way.”
The notion that someone can be both loyal and unethical – clearly what happened with staffer Wayne Walden, as he has admitted – just doesn’t compute for UNC basketball coach Roy Williams, which is why he continues to express disbelief at the content of the Wainstein report, even when confronted by explicit admissions of unethical behavior by those he considers to be program loyalists.
Either Williams needs to declare that subordinates like Walden were disloyal to the ethical principles of the program, or Williams needs to take ownership of the fact that his system tolerated unethical behavior for which he, as head coach, is ultimately responsible. He can’t have it both ways.
Brad Davis, Durham