A Sa-Lute & A Question For…. Ol’ Roy

Roy Wiliams
BobLee
March29/ 2016

Do I need to establish my general position on the question of ORW – Ol’ Roy Williams.   If you don’t know just read any of the bazillions times I’ve explained it.  (1) I think Roy is a very fine College Basketball Coach worthy of his HoF status…. and (2) I think he iRoy at KUs “crazier than an outhouse mouse”.   As a chronicler of human foolishness, I appreciate both those qualities… especially the latter.

I was a full-throated “Atta Boy Roy” supporter when he told a cheering crowd of Jayhawks “I’m staying” back in 2000.   I thought he showed unusually rare loyalty to a KU fanbase that had accepted a no-name assistant as Caretaker of Phog’s House…. and that stood by him (more or less) as he established his creds as a HofF BB coach over a dozen plus years.   Never quite having that One Shining Moment but flirting with its on an annual basis.  That was all “back in the day” before he got that “outhouse mouse crazy” thing going.

Roy showed he had cut the umbilical cord to Franklin Street, realizing he could find success and happiness “where Dean came from” as sure as he could “where Dean ended up”.   I also enjoyed the total discombobulating meltdown that his “first time around” decision created among Dean Dome Lower Levelers as well as among the rank, file and Wal-Marters drunk as skunks on that Carolina Way hooch…. vintage 2000.

The nasty things all those jilted Ram’s Clubbers said back then about Roy, his mamma, and the horse he didn’t ride back to Chapel Hill on…. Lordy Lordy.  It got profane and real personal back in 2000.  Most of those contrary Tru-Blues have gotten over “all that”….. unless Roy loses three-in-a-row at which time some of’em start getting a bit “testy” again.  The “call Larry Brown” silliness starts up….. OH MY!

Ahhhh…. the life of a big-time coach at a Juggernaut program.   You’re as popular as your last ball possession. ….. just ask Bill Self who became Caretaker of Phog’s House when a prodigal ORW did indeed answer The Master’s Second Call in 2003.   Life in Lawrence is kinda testy for The Selfs this week.

Two rings since 2003 (Question: If it IS ruled that “one or more banners must come down” do sheriff’s deputies also go around and collect “rings” too …. like they did for Mike Nifong’s law license when Mikey got disbarred? ….. what Orange County LEO wants THAT assignment ….. YIKES!)…. anyway, two rings later and ORW is back at his umpteenth Final Four with a darn good chance for Ring #3 if the prognosticators are right.

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STOP THE FREAKIN’ PRESSES: 

The Final Four is IN HOUSTON!  Houston Texas ??

Houston

The same “Houston” that last year VOTED DOWN by a 65% “HELL NO” to have Gender-Free Rest Rooms.  Houston’s lesbian mayor tried to pull “a Jennifer Roberts flim flam” but had to put it to a vote…. and it got hammered!  All you “oh-so-progressive” Chapel Hillers packing for HOUSTON might re-thinHappy Facek that ’cause… If you Go To Houston this week-end – “You Are A Transsexual-hating Bigot”.  Have fun ya’ll !!

GO HEELS   ….   REMEMBER THE ALAMO   ….   YEEE-HA!

I do so LOVE pointing out stuff like this.   LIFE IS GOOD for Smart Alecks w/ Websites!

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Here’s a nifty “What If”…. IF one or more NCs (2005 and/or 2009) are indeed rescinded; will the UNC Basketball Hall of Fame Museum & Dean Shrine be “forced to UNacknowledge them” in their displays?  Assume a NCAA goon will check that “the banners” do come down.  How expeditiously might that formal UNacknowledging take place? …. I bet a lot of ABCers will be watching.  It COULD happen.

Roys Boyz are now headed to Houston(see above!) after breezing thru The Toughest Most Unfair Bracket in The History of March Madness.  ?? Wasn’t that the hue and cry from Old Wellers just a little over two weeks ago?   Those nasty, mean, jealous NCAA bracket Nazis had purposely put The Tar Heels in an impossible Murderer’s Row bracket.  Rumors that Damn Dan Kane (and “Mary”) had been involved in the bracketing ran rampant.

I do so love the sound of any fan base “hueing and crying” about how every force on Earth is “against’us”….. ‘cause those sinister forces are so jealous of (fill-in some silly something or other that every alum thinks is a BFD about his/her/its alma mater).   To paraphrase Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now ….. angry fans’ hueing and crying is “like the smell of napalm in the morning”.

Let me stop here… and OFFICIALY applaud Ol’ Roy for coaching this team to its / his umpteenth Final Four.

That on-court achievement merits a SA-LUTE!… SA-LUTE to ya, Roy!

That steaming pile o’ “junk” is what it is and will be whatever it will be whenever Hell freezes over or Dickie Baddour gives back his fat pension whichever comes first.  Bet on Hell.

Unlike apparently every ABCer on Twitter and on Earth, I DO NOT know how much Scheme residue still lingers in the nooks and crannies of Dean’s Dome and/or South Building.   The BobLee eyeball test says this year’s players appear to be “OK” for as much as I know from my various sources.

None of’em reek of “thuggery”…. none have flashed “gang signs”…. none have been arrested for all the stuff college jocks get arrested for these days ….. with the exception of that one guard, none have especially weird haircuts …. none have tripped anybody.

NOT the Eagle Scout Rhodes Scholar Choirboys of Bre’r Kennel’s Brickyard bunch, but …..Roy Boys

As a whole, this UNC team actually looks pretty darn “clean-cut” for 7-8 young  AfAm BBers in 2016.   The two “stars” – Paige and Johnson – are candidates for a Wheaties Box as if that meant anything any more.   I’ve always been a fan of “clean-cut” by my very very very old-fashioned standards.   Hey, they are My Standards and I’m sticking to’em.

As pretty much very living soul on the Planet has heard from His Royship soooo many times lately:

…. No sports team in recorded history has endured the NEGATIVE RECRUITING “junk” that poor ol’ Roy has had to suffer thru since shortly after the name “Nyang’oro” first appeared in a Dan Kane article.

…. No human being since “the dawn of time” has borne the awesome burdens that Roy has had to bear going on 4-5-6 years now.  The Biblical “Job” yields to Roy as the new poster-boy for “long-suffering”.   And for a measly $3 million/year or so…. plus all those free shirts from Peter Millar.

One can only imagine – having borne the burden of so much NEGATIVE RECRUITING on top of his vertigo and bad knees and…. and …. and ….. imagine how much worse it mighta been for Roy…. if Governor Jim Martin had actually spoken with him for fifteen minutes when “Governor Jim” was compiling his (not-so) comprehensive report a few years ago.  No mortal man (or Dean) could endure all that.  Lordy Lordy.

If that’s all so….  and Roy is insistent that it is….

I have a rhetorical question for Ol’ Roy.

Back to all the NEGATIVE RECRUITING and Roy’s inability to get many / most / any 5-stars to even visit, much less seriously consider UNC.   Duke’s Wunderkin Brandon Ingram being maybe the most recent example but, one assumes, there were dozens and dozens of other rejections over the past four or so years.  A veritable plethora of rejection….

Yet…the analysts rave about the depth of talent of this year’s UNC team ???  Brice Johnson is in the NPOY conversation.  This team has multiple “talented Bigs” that wear down opponents.  Marcus Paige has set career shooting records.   UNC was the only #1 Seed to survive…. despite that UNFAIR Murderers’ Row bracket.   Whether Royz Boys do / don’t cut down the nets next Monday…. this team certainly has the DEPTH & QUALITY of TALENT to do so.

Which of the smooth-working parts of this team would Roy replace with all the 5-stars that he whines shunned him because of “all the junk”?

Where would Brandon Ingram fit on this team?  Would it be “better”?  Which youngsters woulda lost PT?

I don’t follow recruiting (or watch kiddie porn on the Internet) so I don’t know which other “student-athletes” (wink, wink) are NOT in Houston this week because they rejected Roy’s invitation…. wouldn’t even visit!

If I were one of Roy’s current crop of relatively clean-cut, quite talented and well-behaved youngsters primed to “win it all”, I might be wondering….

“Hey Coach, are we just a bunch of chopped liver…. that you had to make-do-with because you didn’t get who you really wanted?” ….. because of ALL THAT NEGATIVE RECRUITING.Angry Roy

The next few days should be fun.  Remember the build-up to the Super Bowl.  How Cam-Hate became a national phenomenon?   All the extra national media waiting in Houston doesn’t know The list of stuff Roy won’t talk about so they will keep asking him “everything on that list”.  Uh Oh! … hehehehe.

On his “best days” Roy teeters on the Abyss.  Ratchet up the pressure in the national spotlight and UNC SID 4 LIFE Steve Kirschner might want to keep a quiver of high octane tranquilizer darts at-the-ready cause…..

Ol’ Roy Could Go BOOOOOM!

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BobLee
  • Tom the Wuff Reply
    1 year ago

    Actually BL, your comments about the 2016 team of Royz Boyz was rather kind (per your norm anyway) and spot on! They indeed seem to be a pretty classy group and Paige actually is a great spokesperson for them! And speaking of norm, let me modify that to Norm….as in Stormin’ Norman! His Pack of 1977 actually lost four teammates to transfers – Dirk Ewing, Al Green (unrelated to THE Al Green) and the Walker brothers, Steve and Brian! And guess what! The Pack survived to play another day just as they will next year! So losing four players this year is not a precedent. Might even be a “good” thing and the Gottfather will not be leaving anytime soon!

    • BobLee Reply
      1 year ago

      The fate of coaches is a risky subject to ever bet on.

  • Bob Reply
    1 year ago

    BobLee, does our military allow cross dressers in the barracks yet? I thought I was going crazy until I realized it was everyone else and not me. Later ,BobLee.

    • BobLee Reply
      1 year ago

      I’m sure its on their agenda.

  • NCSU68Grad Reply
    1 year ago

    Being on holiday in Williamsburg and riding those crazed helix roller coasters may be impacting my perception.

    Where, in the throng of thousands, that displayed their civil disobedience and perhaps a few private parts in DTCH were the signs and banners extoling the mighty Heels to STAY HOME?

    • BobLee Reply
      1 year ago

      I’m pretty sure THIS WEBSITE is/was the first (ONLY?) place to make the connection between Houston & NC’s Rest Room Ruckus. And I do soooo love to hammer the loonies with their own hypocrisy. 🙂

      • NCSU68Grad Reply
        1 year ago

        Time for that bastion of PC, Johnny S to pull the pin. This will tar the ACC reputation.

        Where is the Light Blue Munchkin? The anti HB2 folks need a rainbow ribbon. Bubba and Carol are silent. Ms. Spellings could score mega points with the crowd calling for her lynching by Executive Order banning UNC participation. Where is the outrage?

        • BobLee Reply
          1 year ago

          I’m sure Chancellor Chihuahua will be “just tickled Carolina Blue” to be in Houston.

  • Doug Reply
    1 year ago

    BREAKING NEWS! ORW on the Dan Patrick Show just said “My goal is to coach at UNC until I’m 75 as long as I feel well.” No word if Alex Julian or Peter Millar will supply wardrobes for the duration of his career.

    • BobLee Reply
      1 year ago

      I think that “goes without saying”. Can anyone imagine Roy NOT bedecked in AJ and PM ??

      • Doug Reply
        1 year ago

        That dadgum Dan Kane must be reading BobLee Says. He’s back on the prowl.

        • BobLee Reply
          1 year ago

          Give’em Hell DDK!

  • GrahamPacker Reply
    1 year ago

    I read that the New York Gov. has banned all travel from NY to NC and that the NBA is considering moving the “All Star” game, both to protest our position concerning our new “alphabet pervert” law. That refers to “female perverts, male perverts, switch-hitting perverts, and undecided perverts” (I think that covers them all). And I think that it’s unfair to deprive us good ole’ country boys of welcoming all those brilliant yankees to our fair State, ’cause Lord knows, we don’t have enough of them already. And moving the allstar game has the potential of causing the CPD to give a dozen or so officers the night off due to the probability of less rioting in the streets after the game. What a travesty! How will we ever survive it?

    • BobLee Reply
      1 year ago

      Every conceivable ethno-racial-cultural stereotype is percolating to the surface in this latest free-for-all…

  • TheCowdog Reply
    1 year ago

    I played on an intramural basketball team composed of football and baseball players , at State, that was pretty damned good.

    Then we went to play the incarcerated on Western Blvd. Got waxed by 40 points…..

    • BobLee Reply
      1 year ago

      Did you play the Deaf/Blind at The Morehead School by Pullen Park?

      • TheCowdog Reply
        1 year ago

        Yes…yes. Precursor TCW.

  • oldwuf vet Reply
    1 year ago

    I agree, this talented team does seem like a group of solid young men for the most part. (Confirmed by my sources, some of their non-athlete classmates)It does really stink that the “adults” involved in the TGU won’t suffer serious repercussions. The ones that organize, facilitate and greatly benefit from the malfeasance seem to slither off with a nice severence, only to resurface at another institution or on ESPN.
    Thanks for pointing out the irony/hypocrisy/convenience amnesia associated with the Houston potty situation. Because of this dust-up, Ol’Bully Barber is gonna have to up his game to scare anybody after the militant LGBTUVWXYZ community gets through with us.

    • BobLee Reply
      1 year ago

      Bully is in real danger of seeing his Black faction relegated to irrelevance by the much more aggressive “Sexual Alphabet Soup” gang. An interesting battle will be waged between the two primary “Give us free stuff” tribes in the Liberal army. … the adults who developed and operated and looked-the-other-way re: “The Scheme” will not only NEVER be punished, they will never even by listed in the history books EXCEPT for here.

      • oldwuf vet Reply
        1 year ago

        Hard to believe that the bully Barber, Revs Jackson &Sharpton don’t call out the alphabet soup gang more often when they equate their “I feel like a woman/man/whatever” ” struggle” with the civil rights movement of the ’60’s. Heck, I’m nearly all Caucasian and I’m offended by that!

        • BobLee Reply
          1 year ago

          It’s even “better” than that. The Black Church-goers (a LOT of them) are NOT into the whole “pick a gender any gender” thing AT ALL. Look at voter analysis data from the Gay Marriage referendum. Not into “all that” AT ALL. And, yes, they are offended by the Civil Rights comparisons too.

  • Danger Reply
    1 year ago

    Everyone knows the last two (and, more than likely, three) NCAA Championships won by our beloved tar heels were, shall we say, “tainted.” So those banners should come down. But what if they win this year with a team that does pass the “eyeball test”? Should that banner come down (or not be hung to start with)?

    Yes, they might win it with players who actually attended classes. But, doesn’t success breed success? Don’t those banners and trophies and ACC Championships and NCAA Championships attract better players? Isn’t the only reason those players attended unc@chapel hill the fact that Ol Roy has been successful in the past? Didn’t he recruit them by saying to their mamas, “I’ve won two National Championships and all my players graduate.”?

    Would those players have chosen to attend his beloved university if his sales pitch was “I’ve cheated my way to a couple of National Championships, which will soon be taken away from me, and the big wigs who supported me stonewalled enough that more and more dirt was dug up until I actually became almost single-handedly responsible for the entire university – the Harvard of the South – to be put on academic probation.”?

    My guess is that those players would have chosen to go elsewhere. That makes this NCAA tournament just as tainted as any of the past 25 tournaments that chapel hill has participated in.

    • BobLee Reply
      1 year ago

      I’m OK with tearing them all down and bulldozing the whole damn DD. Of course I don’t measure my self worth by what happens in there. Many do apparently.

    • Doug Reply
      1 year ago

      Banners may fall and there’s plenty of taint to go around from west Raleigh to to Chapel Hill. I recall the NCSU 1973 probation followed by Norm’s 1974 NCAA Championship and probation after the 1983 Championship. Of course every fan base will use situational ethics and blame their problems on outside forces but UNC can only blame themselves if banners do fall. But they won’t. If the banners don’t fall I expect nuclear mayhem of epic proportions in board monkey land. Either way, the Internet Legend wins and we get to witness it with him. ?

      • BobLee Reply
        1 year ago

        I AM THE PUPPETMASTER !!! This has all been a Column Fodder-fueled Brouhaha. 🙂

      • wolfdon Reply
        1 year ago

        I don”t see the equivalency between the State infractions and the TGU. in both cases at State the penalties were swiftly determined and properly enforced and the price was paid ……..still waiting for the TGU related penalty and the resulting outfall if it ever occurs.

        • BobLee Reply
          1 year ago

          I didn’t make that connection. I never thought of TGU having any correlation to those old State situations other than in a very very broad historical over view. TGU is uncharted waters on every level.

          • wolfdon
            1 year ago

            Actually, my response was directed to Doug, didn’t mean to implicate you.

          • BobLee
            1 year ago

            I realize that. I just wanted to be clear that I hadn’t implied any connection of the two situations.

          • Doug
            1 year ago

            No association or link intended but it is fact NC State was hit by the NCAA twice. If there is any consolation, the Pack’s issues happened BEFORE board idiots,. Before social media and that is a blessing IMO. To my knowledge the Newland Needle & company or Hawkeye never hit SEND like Marvin did. UNC FB has been hit and MBB, WBB, and other AD teams will either get their due or not. Time will tell but either way the puppet master will reap the benefits. Bringing all this up in a mixed crowd of Pack & Tarheel backers at a cocktail party is great fun especially in Greenville where both are considered identical evil twins. A trifecta of fun.

  • Todd Lesley Reply
    1 year ago

    I have been saying all along that Roy has been insulting this team with his ” I Can’t Get A McDonalds AA” routine. I think its insult enough to these kids that the easy curriculum at UNC happened to be about the plight of the ancestors of the majority of their players. AFAM? Piece of cake !! Not even worth going to class. Why aren’t folks marching in Chapel Hill with signs saying “Black History Matters!” Dave Doeren spent his first season of football saying “we will have Jacoby Brisset next year” …thus throwing current QB at the time Pete Thomas under the bus. Coaches just don’t think some times…but players obviously don’t listen either. Maybe UNC can start a new class on the plight of the 2015-2106 Tarheel basketball team and Roy Williams. And the saga could go on next year…the 2017 edition looks pretty good with the recent emergence of Berry and Hicks who, if they weren’t McDonalds AA, were certainly Burger King quality when they came out of HS.

    • BobLee Reply
      1 year ago

      Coaches do “board monkey-speak”. Not meant for real people.

  • Zoot Reply
    1 year ago

    Dear BLS,

    If it were my blog, and it is not. I don’t think I would have qualified “I don’t watch kiddie porn,” with “on the internet.” Just my humble opinion.

    • BobLee Reply
      1 year ago

      Ok …. “Don’t watch kiddie porn PERIOD…”

      • Zoot Reply
        1 year ago

        Ray Rice doesn’t knock out his wife in public.

  • JD Reply
    1 year ago

    Somehow this rag tag bunch of Tar Heels managed to survive the Brandon Ingram experience in Durham by winning in Durham, winning the ACC regular season, winning the ACC tournament, and reaching the Final 4. That kid seriously lived up to the hype. I wonder if he goes to class as often as Ben Simmons.

    • BobLee Reply
      1 year ago

      I doubt he goes to class any more …. Why both.

      • Dr.Vinnyboombatz Reply
        1 year ago

        Ole Roy keeps saying to media people that men’s basketball was not involved in the TGU.
        Did he not read the NOA last May?
        Here is the exact wording on page 49 of the NOA.
        “The AFRI/AFAM department created anomalous courses that went unchecked for 18 years. This allowed individuals within ASPSA to use theses courses to maintain the eligibility of at-risk student/athletes, particularly in the sports of football, MEN”S BASKETBALL and women’s basketball.”
        Could it be that Ole Roy never read the NOA?(Perhaps from advice of the PR firm). Or is Roy failing to be truthful? Is he following the postulate that if you tell the same lie enough times you will begin to believe it yourself? I would love for a media person to ask Roy those 3 questions while in Houston. That would be quite a show.

        • BobLee Reply
          1 year ago

          I’m pretty sure “reading” is NOT a passion of Roy’s. I’m betting the only books he owns are those annual coffee table thingies that Chansky would reprint every Christmas about DEAN and sell to the same hard-core Tru Blues EVERY YEAR. Roy probably got a free one. …. as for Roy repeating the “mea non culpa” mantra, I’ve always said that was his obvious strategy. He borrowed it from Baghdad Bob in Iraq.

          • Dr.Vinnyboombatz
            1 year ago

            Roy not a passionate reader? He has a MASTERS degree from, you know “PUBLIC IVY”.

          • BobLee
            1 year ago

            The same public ivy where Rashad McCants made the Dean’s List without attending a class !!!!

          • Dr.Vinnyboombatz
            1 year ago

            WHY YES! That one!

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