UNC Coach Roy Williams Blasts ESPN's 'Green Room' Promo

ESPN's attempt to combine its NBA draft coverage with its college basketball game promotion sparked a rant from Roy Williams on Friday.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – If you have watched any college basketball on ESPN recently, you have undoubtedly heard references to certain underclassmen that are “Green Room Guys” which in NBA vernacular is a reference to the NBA Draft’s waiting room.

Roy Williams took issue with ESPN’s approach during a discussion on TV’s role in the wacky ACC schedule this season during his press conference on Friday.

“I don’t think I have to be perfect friends with TV, either,” Williams said. “I think ESPN is our partner and I’ve got to watch on TV somebody’s college basketball game and they’re talking about the freakin’ green room? That’s the most ridiculous thing. And that’s one of my partners? That’s half the damn broadcast.

“’Well, so-and-so is in the green room.’ This is a great time for me to be saying something about it because he’s not mentioning any of my guys, okay? But God almighty, you’re sitting here and you’re trying to win championships and here it is January and ESPN is talking about some green room and some Chad Ford, or whoever it is. That’s the most ridiculous thing we’re having to put up with in college basketball. TV drives everything.”

Williams joked about ESPN being the only channel that works on his television. While watching games on Thursday night, he heard about the green room and initially had something else in mind.

“I was looking around and I saw Michigan State wearing some ugly green uniforms the other day and I thought Tom [Izzo] had had a great deal of power. He’s got a whole green room now. And then I realized they were talking about college players and the pro draft.”

Williams abruptly ended his rant, adding one final jab before taking a question on ACC Player of the Year frontrunner Brice Johnson.

“That’s the most ridiculous freakin’ thing I’ve ever seen. Put it in capital letters and send it to ESPN, and tell them if they want me to tell them privately what the crap I think, I’ll do that, too.”


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