Roy Williams Too Smart To Act So Stupidly

Mike KlineAnalyst IDecember 15, 2009

DETROIT - APRIL 06:  Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels looks on against the Michigan State Spartans during the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Ford Field on April 6, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Admittedly, as a Duke fan, I have no love for UNC basketball or its coach, Roy Williams.

But there is no doubting the success that both the school and the man have had together and separately. And for that, they've earned the respect they deserve.

However, William's decision to have a Presbyterian Blue Hose fan ejected for what appears to be a minor heckle is just a plain stupid move. A move I would have thought Williams would have been too smart for.

Everyone has been endeared toward his "Awe Shucks" demeanor. I too enjoy a Coke as much as the next guy. But the act is growing a bit old because I also understand that Williams isn't your typical country bumpkin come to town to spend the egg money. He is a smart cookie.

I can kind of see why he did it. Williams wears his emotions on his sleeve and that can always lead to rash decisions.

Obviously hearing his best player taunted at the free throw line in your home stadium might be irritating, but it wasn't like this was a national title game or even a rivalry game.

With all due respect it was the Blue Hose and not the Blue Devils, so why fly off the handle on some guy chanting something as harmless as "Don't miss it, Deon."

It wasn't like the guy used profanity, at least as far as all reports are concerned. What makes the move more of a blunder is how Williams has handled the situation after the fact.

It is one thing to fly off the handle at a fan, but after the fact when your jets have cooled move one. It seems at least based on comments he made on his radio show and in his post-game comments that Williams doesn't want to let it go.

Now beyond the anti-UNC contingent, this story won't play out much longer and it shouldn't really, but imagine if this were Mike Krzyzewski having an opposing fan kicked out of Cameron Indoor Stadium.

He is hated enough as it is so imagine the outrage if something like that happened. Or if he said, as Williams did, that he didn't feel people had the right to heckle his players in their stadium.

I can only imagine the kinds of things Duke fans or NC State fans will do now when they travel to Chapel Hill or when the Tar Heels come to Durham and Raleigh.

A situation that could have easily been swept under the rug now has legs. And while it may die down in the media over the next couple of days it will be filed away in the minds of opposing fans.

And to think it could have all been avoided if Williams would have followed standard protocol and ignored the fans. After all, nothing good has ever come out of a coach or player interacting with a fan during a game.

Williams is too smart and should have known better. I would think a two-time National Champion would have a tougher chin than that.


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