Ole Roy Needs To Have His Mouth Washed Out With Soap

roywilliamshasafoulmouthUNC head coach Roy Williams is starting to garner a reputation of being really prickly when his strategy and tactics are questioned in the slightest way, and also using language one would not use in polite company to express his displeasure despite being broadcast live.

Last night, following the UNC victory over UNC, Ole Roy was at it again, once again showing his prickly nature by tossing out an F-Bomb in front of TV cameras and a roomful of reporters.  When asked about UNC struggles with full-court pressure, Roy let off some steam:

Williams’ response was as follows: “If I knew the answer to that,” Williams said, “do you still think we’d be (insert F-Bomb here) stinking?”

Everyone in the room broke out in laughter, and Williams followed up his verbal lapse by saying, “Everybody strike that f-word, I meant to say ‘frickin.’ Seriously, if you think I could figure it out, don’t you think I would do it?”

The interview was broadcast live on the NC State radio network. After Williams’ indiscretion, Wolfpack play-by-play man Gary Hahn and color man Tony Haynes were clearly stunned and apologized to the listening audience — and producers undoubtedly were wishing that they had a seven-second delay on their feed in order to afford them time to bleep out Williams.

Later, local station WRAL-TV showed Williams’ indiscretion during its coverage of last night’s NC State – UNC game, and sports anchor Jeff Gravely chastised Williams by saying, “Coach, you can’t strike live interviews.”

That’s not the only time Williams has burst forth into profanities when asked questions.  There’s the infamous Bonnie Bernstein interview on CBS in front of a national audience, and then there’s his radio show — which is unintentional comedy gold for those who listen in every week.  As 850 The Buzz’s Joe Ovies puts it, “Roy Williams Live” should be renamed “Roy Williams Detests Your Mere Existence”. That’s how Williams comes across when fans offer him suggestions — something that’s a standard if not tedious staple of a typical call-in show.  Almost every coach brushes off those suggestions with a quick joke or a kind comment, but not Williams.  When confronted with the usual questions about why he is playing this player and not playing the other, or whether he has considered playing a zone defense, his answers are dismissive and derisive.

Ole Roy Hates You

Some may call that refreshing honesty, but others might label it a lack of self-control by a man long-accustomed to being in the public eye.  Williams knows better, and he certainly knows how to handle himself with fans in his weekly call-in show, something that hands him hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.  For that kind of money, most folks would manage to suffer fools gladly, but not Williams.

It should be noted that Duke head coach Mike Krzysewski has long been derided in ACC country for having a foul mouth courtside, but for his part, in post-game interviews, Coach K is calm, collected and to this writer’s knowledge has never burst forth with any of  the language the late George Carlin referred to as the “Seven Words You Cannot Say On TV.” (warning, NSFW.)  Williams seems to spout them with regularity.


42 Responses to Ole Roy Needs To Have His Mouth Washed Out With Soap

  1. LKNpackfan 02/19/2009 at 7:41 AM #

    At least we know he’s frickin’ human

  2. Sweet jumper 02/19/2009 at 7:43 AM #

    The ironic thing about this is that Roy has made a big deal in the past about not cussing to set a good example for his players and about how he substitutes similar “non-cuss” words in place of real cuss words. I hope the young children were in bed.
    This is very similar to the Dean god complex. Dean kept the fact that he smoked and drank under wraps for many years and was very upset when an article in the now defunct Sport magazine described a golf outing with Dean drinking, smoking and cussing.
    We are all human, even Dean and ol’ Roy. This is why I miss V-what you saw from him was real and unfiltered.

  3. Alpha Wolf 02/19/2009 at 7:50 AM #

    We’re all human, sure. But we’re also not paid to be in front of microphones and cameras several dozens of times a year and we generally do have to ability to subject radio and TV stations to tens of thousands of dollars in FCC fines.

  4. LRM 02/19/2009 at 8:00 AM #

    Just think, if we had won, this wouldn’t even be a story on here.

  5. Sweet jumper 02/19/2009 at 8:03 AM #

    If we had won, this might have been an even bigger story. Think how many real cuss words might have slipped out of ol’ Roy’s piehole! LOL

  6. GAWolf 02/19/2009 at 8:19 AM #

    I like Roy. It would be much easier to hate Carolina if I didn’t. I went to the game and what you didn’t see was him trying to get Sid’s attention before the game chasing behind him. He finally grabbed Sid and they both laughed and chatted with smiles on their faces. I think they’re both good guys and while I hope it never gets to the point of O’Cain and Torbush, it was nice to see that these two guys can laugh with each other. Don’t forget the game two years ago when Sid left ill. Roy went to the hospital to see him immediately following the game.

    I hate K. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to “hate” Roy.

    I was also listening to the Carolina network (with opposing fans in the car with me we listen to the victorious team’s post game as a gentleman’s agreement) and the clip they put on our broadcast sounded to me to be cut. That tells me our broadcasting guys COULD have maybe cut that word out and chose not to. The f-bomb on the Carolina broadcast was immediately followed by an apology and a diatribe about how he only says that on the golf course. That was omitted from our broadcast yet later comments were added, I BELIEVE.

    If that’s the case, we don’t have a whole lot to complain about.

    The real truth of the matter: who cares? We got beat. They are better than us. There was a lot of POSITIVE things to focus on as a State fan following that game last night.

  7. Sweet jumper 02/19/2009 at 8:23 AM #

    You are right Alpha. If you are a media figure, you have to abide by the set guidelines. I can’t wait to hear how the UNX athletic dept. and the ACC(Swofford) spin this one. The Carolina fans that I know are already saying, “So what, we have all said the F-word.” Yeah, but not live in front of a statewide radio audience with no delay.
    Go Pack. Thump the Wahoos this weekend.

  8. Sw0rdf1sh 02/19/2009 at 8:29 AM #

    I’ve often thought that this one thing is the main reason I never followed through with my Communications major from NCSU. I just don’t know if I could refrain in moments “of Passion” from dropping it like it’s hot.

    Don’t put a mic in front of my face unless you want to hear the truth….and keep the BEEP button in check.

    Maybe moving forward, more radio shows will be prepared for Roy with the delay.

  9. Par Shooter 02/19/2009 at 8:50 AM #

    The camera also caught him drop an F-bomb on the ref during a stoppage in play in the 2nd half. Something had happened prior to a ft but of course the amateur hour TV crew didn’t catch it. Brando said something about it “getting chippy” and then they show roy bending the ref’s ear and drop a F-bomb on him. I had to rewind the dvr to be sure that’s what it was. No doubt about it.

    Yet another example of the blatant hypocrisy from all things unc-ch. Many of their fans cite K’s “potty mouth” as one of the sure signs that he is the devil incarnate and a reason we should all loath the man. How’s THAT glass house working out? If you want to really have some fun with a goat fan, just start going on and on about what a great guy K is. I’ve taken to calling him “The Great Patriot” to my unc-ch golfing buddies on the basis that he restored honor to USA basketball and brought home the gold. I’ll even email them the picture of K with all of the gold medals around his neck and the team surrounding him. Any reference to “Rat Boy” is countered with “you mean the great patriot?” It’s really fun.

  10. GAWolf 02/19/2009 at 9:05 AM #

    Farnold Degand for lack of a better word “bowed up” on someone. He might have even thrown a little elbow. I caught it out of the corner of my eye but I clearly saw the aftermath and Degand should have been yanked by Sid if for no other reason than Degand was out of his game at the moment. He didn’t have to be “restrained” with force, but all of our players had to grab him and huddle around him. Kudos to the rest of the team for helping avoid a scene.

    Speaking of non-play related incidents, when Carolina made their big run starting the second half every one of our guys had their heads down and moped for a bit EXCEPT Dennis Horner. He was upbeat, clapping, encouraging, and if I *think* he hit a big three from about 5 feet behind the arc on the next possession (or close).

    I think Horner can be a leader. He shows glimpses of it more so than anyone we’ve had in a long, long time.

  11. wufpup76 02/19/2009 at 9:10 AM #


    I can’t say much, if I was in front of some microphones at times I’d probably be a lot worse …

    True, he gets paid a bunch and the hypocrisy level is nauseating – but not a huge deal to me

    He also clearly said the F-bomb one time during the game as described above … So, Duke fans – there’s you some ammo to defend Kerkooskie with

  12. SaccoV 02/19/2009 at 9:18 AM #

    Alpha, you should have at least put up a corresponding “Cliff Yablonski Hates You” photo next to Roy’s. For those of you who don’t know him, search our fearless leader’s interwebs!!!

  13. PackBacker001 02/19/2009 at 9:18 AM #

    Listen to the audio (Roy Williams, Master of Subtle) where “Chip” calls in and asks a question. Chip and Roy both agree that their “bench is thin”.

    I wonder what it’s like to have that many All-Americans on your team every year?

  14. anti-smurf 02/19/2009 at 9:24 AM #

    You mean coaches cuss? Unbelievable! To me, this isn’t a big deal. I prefer his statment of “I don’t give a s**t about unc”, but that’s just me. I think Greenberg’s tirade in our game against VT was worse. I lip read about 5 F-bombs, and several other colorful phrases, including my favorite, calling the ref a “f’n a-hole”. Heat of the battle.

    I was at the game, and I honestly can’t complain with how we played. Except for that little run to start the 2nd half, we played them pretty tight. Losing by less than 10 in that place isn’t bad. Don’t get me wrong, would have preferred a “W”, but even the unc fans around me commented about how the team has improved, and would be a team to watch in ACC Tourney.

    Guys – we are making progress and we are getting close to being a really good team. I know we play goofy at times, but Javi has really stepped it up, and has taken control of the PG spot. Degand I think was horrible last night. McCauley had no friends there last night, and battled hard, and physical with Beeker. Smith – I love this guy, and he got a lot of praise from the smurf fans I was around. Horner stepped up big. Didn’t realize his numbes til I saw the box score, but he’s improving as well.

    My one request – Sid – leave the red jacket at RBC. I can’t tell you how many chants I heard directed towards that jacket.

    Now let’s keep it up and get 6 straight 80+ points and whip up on a suddenly hot Uva team Saturday!

  15. LKNpackfan 02/19/2009 at 10:14 AM #

    Joe Ovies says it best:My point is that we’ve done 3 hours of radio at times with UNC people calling in appalled at the language used by Coach K…but their own coaches are saints.

    Personally, I find both pottymouths to be quite entertaining. I wish Lowe would get half as fired up courtside as those two. Using a dirty word or seven really makes immature college kids take notice.

  16. LKNpackfan 02/19/2009 at 10:19 AM #

    And if I hear one more State fan say leave the red jacket at home I’m going to drop a few f-bombs myself. Any fan worth his sack could care less what opposing fans chant. A red blazer for big games was passed down from Case to Sloan to Valvano and now to Lowe. Its an NC frickin’ State tradition.

  17. BJD95 02/19/2009 at 10:32 AM #

    I just find it amusing that he said “fucking” but still went with “stink” instead of “suck.” I’m also happy that we were able to irritate Roy enough to make him say bad words.

  18. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 02/19/2009 at 10:35 AM #

    I had to stop listening to the Wolfpack radio show when the last coach had the same attitude towards fans and callers that dare question why we don’t have a ‘box and one’ or some other question that wasn’t merely a statement of said coach’s brilliance.

    These guys get paid real money to do those one hour shows and to spend time with the fan base. I’m sure it isn’t always a lot of fun but more or less these shows are a press conference for fans.

  19. Par Shooter 02/19/2009 at 10:46 AM #

    To recycle an old adage from a past era “We tried, hang a banner”. While I certainly understand the sentiment that we played them reasonably tough and didn’t quit and that we’ve improved some lately, it still sickens me that we as a fanbase have allowed Fowler’s dumbing down of our expectations to succeed. As fans, players and coaches we don’t go to CH expecting to win. At best we’re hoping we may win but more likely we’re hoping not to get embarrassed. I felt like Sid may change that mentality but so far it’s about the same as it’s been the last several years.

  20. Alpha Wolf 02/19/2009 at 10:50 AM #

    tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc gets it totally. The coaches make a lot of money to sit there and take fans calls. Sure, they know that they have forgotten more than the callers will ever know about their particular teams and coaching in general. Still, for that amount of cash, they ought to be able to just sit there and smile and crack a joke, then move on to the next caller. Really, who thinks “Billy From Smithfield” knows more about football than any of our head coaches? But every one of our coaches have been kind to Billy and God Bless them for doing it. Billy is a diehard Wolfpack fan and a man who has suffered through a lot in life, and he sure doesn’t need to ever be belittled by anyone.

    On the Ole Roy show, the best part to me is the very uncomfortable squirming of Woody Durham. That’s also part of the fun.

  21. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 02/19/2009 at 11:41 AM #

    Many of these fans are certainly know more than some of the 20-somethings at the press conferences. They should be given at least the same respect as the press and probably more because the fans are the one’s paying the salaries through donations, tickets or even just through their taxes.

  22. ktpritch 02/19/2009 at 12:52 PM #

    Here’s the point – he gets paid a lot of money to do what he does. Part of that is his public presence (i.e.: endorsements or corporate sponsors/companies that pay to be associated with the organization that he runs). If he can’t deal with that pressure, he needs to find something else to do.

    I heard the interview live on the NCSU broadcast and have heard other UNC coach’s shows and Roy is very testy with everyone. He has been very successful so I am not sure why he is always so defensive. People ask questions and offer suggestions because they care – if they stop asking or suggesting you are in trouble.

    The reporter was asking a question – that is his job. Assuming that the reporter was righting an article about UNC’s defensive issues, shouldn’t he ask for the coach’s opinion on the matter rather than just assuming?

    He needs to pull up his big boy underwear and deal with it…I am not so concerned about the F bomb but more about his general approach with dealing with such situations. It is Bobby Knightesqe…

  23. newt 02/19/2009 at 1:36 PM #

    The point is the double standard by the media, including lame-o sports talk radio, that make Roy and K out to be better people than the rest of the world and rationalize why it’s possibly even a good thing for K to use language as if he’s coaching the prison team instead of a University basketball team and Roy to spout live F-bombs like an amateur DJ.

  24. wufpup76 02/19/2009 at 1:43 PM #

    Now would be a good time to have a Coke, Roy …


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