Monday Roy Williams Quotes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- North Carolina head coach Roy Williams spoke with reporters Monday for his weekly ACC teleconference.

Opening statement:
"It's been a little bit of a mixed bag since last Monday. We didn't play very well at all against Florida State – they kicked us pretty hard – and then Saturday over at Wake Forest we probably competed more consistently and harder than any game all year and we were fortunate enough to get a win there. But we're still trying to salvage something down the stretch and hopefully the kids will continue doing what we did on Saturday."

On Marc Campbell:
"His father, Greg, played here and brought him to basketball camp at Kansas many, many years ago, so I knew Marc a little anyway. And then when I came back and he had gone to Greensboro and things hadn't worked out as well as he had hoped and he wasn't as happy as he had hoped, I told his Dad to bring him over and let's sit down and talk. He had made the decision that he was going to leave. I told him we didn't have any scholarship money available, but if he wanted to be a walk-on, he could do that.

"He's done a great job leading – if we were a football team, we'd call it the scout team, but we call it our blue squad. But he's done a really, really nice job leading our blue squad and trying to simulate what the other team does and run their plays. He's been fun to have around."

Did you try to enjoy Saturday's win a little longer than normal?
"Not really. It's something that you've heard me say before is that the toughest thing for a coach is that the highs aren't nearly as high as the lows are low. Particularly with a game coming up on Tuesday, it makes it a little quicker. But I did enjoy the heck out of it until midnight and then tried to start focusing on what was going on to try to prepare for Miami."

On trying to win the program's 2,000th victory on Tuesday:
"It's not on my radar a lot. I'm a guy that appreciates the history and the tradition of our program, there's no question about that, but you really just focus so much on this year's team and what you're doing this year. And yet we always step back and look at what's going on, so I am aware of it. I have not said one word to the team. I don't even know if they're aware of it unless one of you guys bring it up. It's special. I've been coaching a long time and have been around quite a few wins, at Kansas and here both, and I've enjoyed reaching those milestones as they come along."

What can this team still salvage this season?
"To play every day. I know that's not a great answer for you, but that's what I've been trying to push all year long. Let's do the best we can every day, and then everything else will take care of itself. I hope they got some confidence on Saturday. Wake is not an easy place to play. They were undefeated in the league [at home] going in there, so hopefully that gave us some confidence. Hopefully we can play well again on Tuesday, and if that happens, hopefully we can have a great practice and play well again over the weekend. And then after that, you just have to play as long as you can play."

On Leslie McDonald:
"He's had some good moments for us. Down in Charleston, he was probably the only bright light in that game the way he played there. And then as a typical freshman, he backed off a little bit, but I've had two different conversations with him in the past couple of weeks. Congratulating him on how hard he's been working in practice and I think he was improving. And either Thursday or Friday, I told him to keep doing what he was doing and he'll see the rewards and the benefits of it. I think that's what happened on Saturday.

"He was 6-for-14, but in the second half, he shot two 3's that went all the way down in and spun back out. He can get some shots up quickly now – I told him he was in Danny Green's league with how quickly he could get shots up. But I think it's a direct result of how hard he's been working in practice."


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