Roy Williams Radio Show Quotes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Roy Williams voiced his displeasure about Virginia Tech's snub from the NCAA Tournament during his weekly radio show on Monday night.

On UNC staying closer to home as a No. 2 seed while Duke goes out West as a No. 1:
"I have no idea. I've always been very supportive, but this year, the tournament committee, I don't understand a lot of things, so that would be No. 99 on the list of not understanding. Seth Greenberg, I agree. I cannot understand, I cannot fathom how Virginia Tech is not in the tournament. I don't think it's right. I think they deserve to be in there.

"You've been sitting here beside me for eight years and this is the first time you've ever heard me say anything about the job the committee did, but I just don't understand several things that went on this time. And it's not my – they could care less if Ol' Roy agrees with them or not, but this year I'm mystified by a lot of things that went on and the choices that were made.

"I just feel for Virginia Tech and those kids. You win nine games in the regular season in the ACC [and] you win two games in the tournament. That's 11 wins against ACC teams. I just feel like they're one of the teams that should have been in the NCAA Tournament."

Virginia Tech is one of the teams that nobody seems to be able to understand why they didn't get into the tournament and Colorado is the other team.
"And nobody is giving very good answers, either. That's the bad thing. But this is Ol' Roy sitting over here criticizing them and they could care less. We've already discussed one time earlier this year that anyone can criticize coaches, media can criticize coaches, but coaches aren't supposed to criticize anybody, but I feel for those Virginia Tech kids and I feel for those Colorado kids.

"They're coached by Tad Boyle, who was a player at Kansas and is best friends with Mark Turgeon, who was one of my assistants. And for those kids to beat Texas once and beat Kansas State three times and not to make the tournament, it's something that I'm just mystified by. Again, this is the first time that I've ever said anything negative in any way, shape or form, but I'm mystified by some of the choices and they way they substantiate some of the choices. Because one time it's this that is important and another time it's this that is important."

From your perspective, what is the best way to get better results out of the committee?
"I don't know. You probably shouldn't criticize if you don't have a suggestion or if you don't have an answer, but you're listening to those people and they're saying there needs to be more basketball people on the committee. It's over-weighted in one area of the NCAA or the other area. There are some problems there, there's no question, but I keep using this word and it's at least the fifth time, I'm just mystified."

What's your favorite quote of the day?
"Quote of the day – I've got thousands of those. I've got more quotes than I do superstitions, believe it or not. For me, it's, ‘Be led by your dreams, not pushed by your problems.' Everybody's got problems, but everybody needs to have dreams. That's what I've tried to do in my coaching career and my life. I always dream I'm going to make another hole-in-one one of these days. Keep those positive thoughts going."

On working with the team this week to play a full 40 minutes:
"We gave them [Monday] off physically. We brought them in and watched the tape of the Duke game. It was the kind of thing that we were trying to teach them some things. We didn't play very well in Greensboro. It seemed like when we got into the city limits we all of a sudden stopped playing as well initiating the game. Everybody in the press said, ‘Well, you didn't play well early on Friday – what are you going to do on Saturday?' And I said, ‘Well, if I knew the answer, I would change it.' And so we didn't play well on Saturday early, but we ended up winning and they asked me the same thing on Sunday And it is a pretty easy answer. If we knew what caused it, we'd have already changed it and nobody would have to ask the question more than once.

"But I did go back and when I say things, I like to substantiate it. In the previous 11 games, we had been ahead at halftime in 10 of the previous 11 games. And the only game we had not been ahead at halftime was at Florida State and we were down one. So we were doing the same kind of things prior to the ACC Tournament in those 11 games and the only thing I can come up with is that perhaps some people were right in wondering if we were fat and happy about winning the ACC regular season.

"We're not a very old, experienced team, so perhaps that had something to do with it, but we talked about it openly and freely and very bluntly with the team [on Monday] about the mistakes that we made in the Duke game that we've got to change. So we gave them the day off physically, we're going to give them [Tuesday] off … Then we'll hopefully have a big-time practice on Wednesday, a very long practice, a very tough practice on Wednesday, then Thursday we'll practice down there and hopefully play great against LIU."

"Roy Williams Live" airs Monday evenings on Tar Heel Sports Network affiliates.

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