Roy Williams spent most of his postgame press conference following No. 5 North Carolina’s convincing 96-71 home win over No. 11 Miami strongly reiterating his intentions to remain head coach in Chapel Hill after this season.
During the pregame show for Saturday’s dominating victory—which came on the heels of Wednesday’s heartbreaking defeat to No. 20 Duke—Doug Gottlieb of CBS Sports suggested this would be Williams’ final season at UNC and that he’d be replaced by Hubert Davis.
Williams didn’t take kindly to the speculation, per Andrew Carter of the News & Observer:
Roy says "that's not journalism." Called it "sinful" twice to say that. Says Gottlieb couldn't put his shorts on right at Oklahoma State.— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) February 20, 2016
He then took a jab, per Carter, at an embarrassing moment Gottlieb had during his playing career at Oklahoma State when he realized mid-game he was wearing his shorts backward:
Roy to Gottlieb: "you have no freakin idea what you're talking about. The guy who said that couldn't put his damn pants on the right way ...— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) February 20, 2016
Gottlieb later admitted his comments were merely speculation given Williams' recent bout with vertigo, his elevating age—he’s now 65 years old—and the NCAA violations the school was charged with last summer in an academic probe:
There was no "report" on Roy. Simply stating his knees,vertigo,NCAA stuff make people think this could be his last year #UNC— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) February 20, 2016
The radio personality added that his comments were blown out of proportion by others allegedly misquoting him:
Bad journalism is misquoting me to Roy, making it into a "report of him retiring"— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) February 20, 2016
Williams is in his 13th season at UNC and is overseeing one of his better teams—one that was ranked No. 1 in the preseason and is a solid choice to reach the Final Four.
Should he win his third national title this spring, riding off into the sunset a winner might seem to be a logical decision. But at the moment, Williams is clearly committed to remaining in his post.