The Sporting News' college hoops writer Mike DeCourcy was in Chapel Hill this past week interviewing Doherty.
"How are we left behind? We're way ahead of the game," Doherty said. "I'm worried about recruiting, but I'm not worried about what people are saying.
"They've always done it, because Carolina's always been a threat to other coaches. What do you say bad about Carolina? The facilities, the academics, the location, the league, the exposure, the tradition . . . So then they have to attack intangibles, and that's usually the coach. They did that with Coach Smith."