"It's never been done, but that doesn't mean it can't be done. We're going to focus on playing Georgia Tech. If we play well, perhaps they'll let us stay around and play somebody else. For us, that's the only hope we have to get in the big tournament. That's the way we've got to look at it, but we've got to focus just on Georgia Tech. Just because it hasn't been done before doesn't mean that we can't do it. I had never made a dadgum hole in one until 2000, but now I've made one of the suckers. How many have you made? [Zero]. Alright, does that mean you're going to give up? You're going to keep hitting the ball and in your mind, you're going to watch that sucker go in the hole."
Did your shoulder surgery play a role in this season?
"Everybody told me that it was really a difficult surgery and it was really painful. I came home that night and our daughter Kimberly put some new songs on the iPod and I was sitting in the recliner with my feet on the floor and I was thinking, ‘This pretty dadgum easy stuff.' Then at about 2 a.m. the medication wore off and for about six hours it was bad. But I can tell you for a fact that it had no effect whatsoever. I was operated on on Nov. 24 and through the month of December we were okay. We were 11-3, I think, at the end of 2009. Somebody asked today if [the surgery] made any difference with our season and I think it made one difference, and I mean this sincerely. This is how wacko it is.
"At the College of Charleston, at the end of the game I was trying to get Deon's attention to foul. I thought he should have known to foul, we had talked about him fouling and all of that kind of stuff. If my shoulder had not been in a sling, I would have been like the St. Joseph's hawk waving my arms. I would have gotten both arms up in the air and perhaps Deon would have seen me. I don't know that he saw me with just one arm… But the next day [after surgery] I went to practice. I didn't do much, but I went to practice. The day after that I did practice. The shoulder affected me none whatsoever, except that it was really uncomfortable trying to sleep, but I don't sleep anyway."
On the season's problems:
"Some people are trying to come up with reasons. I'll give you the reasons. In the preseason, I said, ‘I'm concerned about us in the backcourt. We don't have anybody that's ever done it. I'm concerned about our perimeter shooting. We don't have anyone that's ever done it. I am hopeful that our depth up front will be positive enough that it might carry us through some of those deficiencies.' Well, after one conference game, we didn't have the depth up front anymore. And then after seven conference games, we had even less depth up front. And the problems in the backcourt – turning the ball over and the inability to shoot the ball from the outside – are still a problem. In the preseason rankings, I thought we were the most overrated team in the history of the world because I saw that we had some problems…
"The reason is that we've played poorly. The reason is that I've not been able to get the kids to buy into things like our teams in the past have done. The reason is that we haven't shot the ball. Today in practice, we moved the ball so good one time – it was beautiful – we moved it around with 14 passes and got a wide-open jump shot from right inside the foul line and missed the sucker. Sometimes you've got to put the ball in the basket…
"There's no hidden reason. There's nothing to rumors that the players don't like me or I don't like them. Now, there's a lot of times they don't like me and that's fair. Heck, a lot of times I don't like them, so that's coaching. But there's no great secret or anything… Our game stunk sometimes."
Why are you not coaching as actively on the bench as you have in the past?
"I think I'm coaching the same way that I've always coached. I'm coaching the way that I'm comfortable. I do not get up and scream and rant and rave at the officials. I don't know that that's productive. Sometimes I think it's counterproductive. In my mind, I'm coaching the same way that I've always coached."
On John Henson gaining weight:
"We're in favor of that. We've been trying to do that all season long. We give him two nutritional milkshakes after every practice, and believe it or not – it doesn't look like it – John's gained about 10 pounds this year."
On what he will take from this season:
"What I'm going to try to get from it is learning. I've gotten to a point this year that I feel very confident in what I'm doing. I don't think I got that dumb that quickly. We've had pretty good doggone success for 21 years. I don't think what we're doing is wrong, but it didn't fit the way of teaching this team. So I've got to try to figure out a way to get to these guys better. It hasn't shaken my confidence. It's humbled me, there's no question about that.
"I'm writing down things all of the time in a little notepad that I've got in my desk about things that I want to change in the offseason and ways that I want to attack and demands that I'm going to make of the players, requests that I'm going to make of the players. So I am trying to learn from this. Like I told our guys in the locker room, I'm not going to forget this. I'm not going to forget Saturday night. I'm not going to forget the feelings that I've had when those games are over with… So to me, I'm going to use this to drive to be even more hungry than I've been."
How long do you plan to coach?
"I really believe that I can go 8-10 years, but I can't go 8-10 years like we've done this year. I really feel good about that."
"Roy Williams Live" airs Monday evenings on Tar Heel Sports Network affiliates.