UNC’s Roy Williams on players’ decisions to stay or leave for the NBA
ACC spring meetings are the time when the league’s basketball and football coaches come together to discuss the most important, pressing issues surrounding their sport. It’s a time to brainstorm ideas, to propose solutions to problems – a time to be heard.
At least that’s the idea. North Carolina coach Roy Williams likely has all sorts of thoughts about things he’d like to see happen in the ACC. He’s not a fan, for instance, of playing several Saturday-Monday games. Sometimes other scheduling quirks leave him frustrated.
This is the time, during these spring meetings, when he could push for change. Instead, years and years of attending these sorts of events – times when coaches sit around and talk – have left him a little cynical.
“Well, we talk,” he said here on Monday, the first day of the ACC’s spring meetings, which conclude on Thursday. “It doesn’t make any difference. This is a worthless, waste of nothing.”
Williams was only here for the day. He had a plane to catch later, an awards ceremony to attend in New York City. There, he is set to receive a national coach of the year award – one that goes annually to the coach whose team won the national championship.
He was looking forward to that. But this? The happenings at the Ritz-Carlton? Williams didn’t to seem to have much of an interest.
For years, he has lamented that coaches don’t have much of a say on important league decisions. Take, for instance, the ACC’s impending move to a 20-game conference basketball schedule.
That will happen in 2019, in concert with the launch of the ESPN-backed ACC Network. Williams and his fellow coaches didn’t have much or any input in that decision.
The conference’s men’s basketball coaches don’t formally meet until Tuesday. By then, Williams would already be gone. It didn’t sound on Monday too much like he would miss it.
“I’m glad I’m leaving,” Williams said, “because it’s a waste of my time.”