Monday, April 7, 2008

Roy Williams Still Loves Kansas

Did anyone else find it weird that Roy Williams was on the CBS Halftime show just now wearing a Kansas shirt under his blazer? I know he used to coach there, and there are ties to old employers no matter what the profession. But wouldn't it piss you off if your head coach was on national TV wearing the logo of the school that beat you two days ago? Imagine the Dodgers losing to the Yankees in the World Series, which I hope is the real outcome this year, and Joe Torre is just trotting around the late night talk circuit wearing his Yankees hat again. Or Johnny Damon whips out a Red Sox hat for a postgame interview. But now, for the first time in blog history, I will post a counterpoint to my own argument in the same post. It's a viewpoint given to me by my good friend Billy Lawrence. He says: "See, college is different, there's alums and regardless of where they go in life, they'll always root for them. He was probably honored to play the team that he coached, unfortunately they lost, but he still helped make the program what it is, and he loves the school. So why not root for them?" He's got a very valid point and the love you make is equal to the love you take, or something like that. I'll hopefully be updating this entry soon with a screen capture of it. UPDATE: Finally got that Roy Williams picture I was looking for. This isn't the one from the halftime interview, but it's the shirt he was wearing under his aforementioned blazer. Thanks to Awful Announcing for this photo.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I saw that. My roommates don't believe me so I'm looking for a pic. You're the only place that even mentions it.

Tony Arnoldine said...

Thanks for stopping by.
I'm still searching around for a pic of it. They even mentioned it during the interview.
Keep checking back, I'll get it soon enough.

Anonymous said...

Saw it too. If I were a UNC fan / alum / whatever.. I'd be LIVID! Geez.. even their own Coach can't fully support the Tar Heels... sad.

Anonymous said...

The UNC/Kansas game is history. Recent history to be sure, but history. Roy has repeatedly addressed the issue of his love for Kansas. He lived there and coached them for fifteen years, for crying out loud. I see nothing wrong with his being open about his support in the championship game. For that matter, who wants to see the team that beat your team get beat by someone else? Makes your own team look even worse.

Anonymous said...

The points is, how can you put your team on a flight back to Chapel Hill by themselves, especially after that letdown on Saturday. Those kids were hurt and embarrassed. Meanwhile, you the head coach, is hanging out in San Antonio, having a great time.

What is his own team supposed to think when they see that?

Anonymous said...

roy sent his boys home so he could stay will tyler to accept another reward

Anonymous said...

I think it showed incredibly poor taste on Roy's part. I'm a UNC alum and understand his deep connection to Kansas. However, after such a poor coaching performance Saturday night in
1) not having his team ready to play
2) being the only coach in the country that would just watch his team get outscored 38 to 12 without calling a time out to stop momentum
3) not making any defensive adjustments
I find it extremely offensive for him to be out in public wearing Jayhawk gear.

Kansas may be a better team that UNC this year, but they weren't 18 points better.

Let me say again, I understand and support him rooting for Kansas to win vs Memphis, but he should have been in his hotel room cheering privately for Kansas - not in the stands with a Jayhawks shirt.

Anonymous said...

I completely agree with the previous comment.
-UNC fan