Cunningham joined the radio program in the latter part of the hour and spoke uninterrupted for several minutes in response to recent media criticism directed at Williams.
“I wanted to just talk a little bit about a lot of things that have been in the paper lately. I’ve been here three years now and the biggest reason I came is just because of the great reputation of the University of North Carolina, that you can play at the highest level athletically and you get a world-class education. And I know Coach went here. I have two kids that go here and everyone that lives in this community couldn’t be more proud of this place and what it stands for.
“I’ve been in college athletics since 1988. I can’t do the math on that, but it’s a long time. I’ve known an awful lot of coaches and probably the second biggest reason I came to North Carolina, because of the reputation of the institution, but it was the personal integrity of Coach Williams. There are 128 football coaches at the highest level, about 300 basketball coaches at the highest level, and when you talk about people of integrity, people that you want to work with, he is absolutely at the top of the list.
“I’ve heard him time and time again defending his players and defending what they do, and I felt it was an opportunity for me to defend what he has done for the University and to commend him on what he does for his student-athletes, and I am fortunate to be able to work with somebody like him. And if there’s any question about his integrity, we had a federal prosecutor in here that had talked to current players, former players, current coaches, former coaches and to a person, they’ve all talked about his own integrity. And my working with him for three years is an absolute testament to my belief in what everyone else has said about him that’s known him far longer than I have. I thank God I have the opportunity to be here and to work along a Hall of Fame coach like Coach Williams. Thank you very much.”
"Roy Williams Live" airs Monday evenings on Tar Heel Sports Network affiliates, including UNC's flagship station (WCHL 1360AM/97.9FM).
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