Roy Williams Rumors
Troy Williams’ stay-or-go-pro decision is one of two Indiana has been forced to sweat this spring. Sweat no longer, it would seem. Williams posted a message to his Twitter and Instagram accounts Wednesday evening that read: “So much pain and progression in my sophomore year.. And I wouldn’t want to undo any of it. Can’t wait to play with my brothers and new incoming brothers next year. Junior year awaits !!”
McCants, who played on the 2005 UNC national-title team, told ESPN’s Outside The Lines that coach Roy Williams knew of players skipping classes. He also said tutors wrote papers for players. Green, a former Tar Heel, denied the claim. “The more attention you give it, the more relevance it’s going to have,” Green said. “It shouldn’t. I got my degree. I earned my degree. I’m proud of it. I know everybody was there with me in my classes. We worked. I did everything the right way. Coach Williams did everything the right way.”
Sixteen players from North Carolina’s 2005 national championship team issued the following statement Friday to the Associated Press responding to former teammate Rashad McCants’ allegations of academic misconduct: “We are proud of our accomplishments both on and off the floor at UNC. With conviction, each one of us is proud to say that we attended class and did our own academic work. We want to thank our advisers and counselors who supported us, while also maintaining the integrity of the institution. We also want to make it clear that Coach (Roy) Williams and his staff operated with the highest level of ethics and integrity within their respective roles. We are forever grateful for the lessons we learned on the court, in the classroom and during our time in Chapel Hill.
McCants told OTL that Williams was aware of classes in the university’s African and African American Studies (AFAM) department in which Tar Heels players were not required to attend but only to turn in a paper near the close of the semester. “I strongly disagree with what Rashad has said,” Williams said in a statement released by the athletic department. “In no way did I know about or do anything close to what he says, and I think the players whom I have coached over the years will agree with me. “I have spent 63 years on this Earth trying to do things the right way, and the picture he portrays is not fair to the university or me.”
Williams cooled down the Lakers rumors, first reported by the Los Angeles Times earlier this week, by telling Fox Sports Radio host J.T. The Brick that he has no interest in following many of his former players into the NBA. “I’ve always felt that I’m a college coach and that’s where I belong,” he said. The UNC coach was asked about the Lakers job during an interview promoting an upcoming Coaches Vs. Cancer charity event in Las Vegas. The Lakers’ general manager Mitch Kupchak is a UNC graduate who has a close relationship with Williams. “Mitch Kupchak is one of my best friends in the whole wide world, there’s no question there. But I’m a college guy,” Williams said. “If somebody calls and offers me the greatest job in the world, it better be really good because I feel like I’ve got about the greatest job in the world.”
“I’ve always felt like that I’m a college coach and that’s where I belong,” Williams said on FOX Sports Radio on Wednesday. “(Lakers general manager) Mitch Kupchak is one of my best friends in the whole wide world, there’s no question there, but I’m a college guy and if somebody calls and offers me the greatest job in the world, it better be really good because I feel like I’ve got about the greatest job in the world.”
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams, who was mentioned for the job opening of the Los Angeles Lakers, did his best to squash those rumors, reiterating his position that “I’m a college coach.” Williams’ name came up after Mike D’Antoni resigned as the Lakers coach last week. The Lakers finished the 2013-14 season 27-55, the worst 82-game record in team history. The 63-year-old Williams has spent his entire career in the collegiate ranks.