Roy Williams wasn’t happy with his team following its 90-80 loss to UNLV last weekend. He had every right to be. North Carolina, clearly the bigger team, was outrebounded, outmuscled and just outplayed overall by the Runnin’ Rebels.
But Williams was also upset at a few of the Tar Heels’ faithful who apparently sold their premium tickets behind the North Carolina bench to UNLV fans.
There’s an unwritten rule in sports about not ripping your fans, especially if they are supporters who buy tickets. Williams bucked that trend and tore into the fans for selling their tickets.
“If you sell our tickets, your tickets that you get to the Rams Club to somebody else, and they come cheering or UNLV, I’ve got no use for you. And that’s as blunt as I can put it,” the coach said, according to the News 8 Las Vegas website. “People have a right -- but not our people. You're either with me or you're not. There’s no middle ground.”
That was what Williams said immediately following the loss. If there was anyone who thought he said those words out of frustration, think again. Williams didn’t back off his comments and reiterated much of what he said during his normal press conference on Tuesday.
Said Williams: “It is frustrating. It’s disappoinging. Do you think ESPN likes Fox to be successful? You think Nike likes Under Armour to be successful? I mean, I'm competing out there. I don't like our fans to help the other team by either giving or selling their tickets…To do it right beside our families, that’s the biggest thing. And then to have somebody that's just negative, negative, negative [within] five feet of an assistant coach's wife for two nights. You know you get tired of that.”
Williams referred to a game between North Carolina and North Carolina State played in Kansas while he was coaching the Jayhawks.
Added Williams: “100 years ago I’m watching Lawrence, Kansas North Carolina play North Carolina State and there were five million red shirts in the crowd and if I had a BB gun five million shirts would’ve have a burned rear end because I just don’t like those types of things.”