Roy Williams Radio Show Quotes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Did you miss what Roy Williams said on his radio program Monday night? Here are some excerpts from the live call-in show hosted by Woody Durham ...

On the first half mistakes against Texas:
"Well, it's just stupid things at the end of the half that just drives you up a tree. Things that shouldn't happen. One guy gets beat on a drive, and then it's a macho thing that he goes and tries to beat the guy on the other end. Throws a 90 miles-per-hour fastball and expects somebody to catch it and it's a turnover. And then we go down and we don't box out and a guy comes from out of bounds – not that it was illegal. He was all of the way out of bounds and came back in bounds and tipped it out while we were standing there watching, ushering the fans up to their seats. And then we turn it over on the inbounds pass. So six straight points were just stupidity; one turnover on the other end, one turnover under the basket.

"So it was frustrating. It was one of the two toughest halftimes that I've been involved with in the seven years that I've been back. I was not pleased. I was not happy. I was extremely agitated about the whole thing. I knew again – I was confident in our team that we would come back and we got it to 82-78 and had a good look and missed a three at that point. Then made a defensive mistake on a switch on the other end and we foul them and then they make a three…

"My team is not up-up-up right now with confidence, and yet you've got to say, ‘Well, you shouldn't be because we haven't played as well as we can play.' Yet you look at the rankings and our three losses are to teams that are No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 in the country. Nobody else has played No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 in the country… But the bottom line is that I'm still ticked off because we've lost three games."

On officiating:
"Officiating is an awfully difficult job. It is so hard to do. John Clougherty and those guys try their best, and they really do. I don't think they favor one team over the other. It's just a hard, hard thing. But yet, it's a fact that we are held more accountable as players and coaches than officials are. But yet I can live with anything as long as an official won't be arrogant and act like he invented the game.

"If an official comes over there and says, ‘Roy, I really think it's like this,' then I'll say, ‘I disagree.' But if they come over there and say, ‘That's enough,' then oh my God, we've got a problem. Because I've seen officials make some calls that were right and I was absolutely wrong. But by golly, I've seen some the other way and the arrogance is what really disturbs coaches more than anything. "

On UNC's frontcourt being outmuscled by Texas:
"I don't think I've ever coached a game against someone who had 12 offensive rebounds, and that's what Dexter Pittman had. They outrebounded us 60-41 and we've typically always been a good rebounding team. Two years ago, we led the nation in rebound margin and last year I think we were in the top-five. And I said it in the press conference – that best frontcourt in America just got whipped by one guy. And Damion James added 15 rebounds to that as well.

"In saying that, and I went back and told our guys because I'm pretty straight forward with our players, I said, ‘Guys, at the press conference I talked about their rebounding advantage and that they shot 34 free throws to our 19.' And I said, ‘Those are two areas that you can't let someone have 15 more free throws and grab 19 more rebounds. You have to be more aggressive. You can't have that and expect to win the game.'

… [But you just can't] blame it on our frontcourt. Our two starting guards had nine assists and nine turnovers. You can't win many games like that, either. So the University of North Carolina's team lost to Texas, even though in that game their frontcourt was a dominating part."

Is this team capable of winning another championship in the next few years?
"It's hard to say right now, but I believe in my soul that if we do the things we need to do and do those to the best of our ability, then I do think we have a chance to do some great things. Particularly the way you said it – ‘in the next few years.' We're awfully young right now and I hate to say that because it sounds like an excuse but when you're a little older, you're more mature and you have the experience, you gain some confidence…

"I talked to the team and there was 3:05 on the clock and there was a timeout and we were down nine. Or it was 3:02 on the clock and we were down nine. We had to talk in the huddle like ‘Come on guys, get that look off your face – we can do this, we can make this happen. You guys have got to be more positive and we've got to get after it.'

"I think a lot of that is confidence and experience that you gain in being able to handle adversity. And right now, we're not handling it as well as I would like. But also, it's not time to jump off the ship because those teams that we've played have been pretty doggone good and it's not in the Constitution of the United States that we're the only team that can be good."

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

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