UNC's Williams Apologizes To 5 Left Behind At FSU

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina coach Roy Williams says he has apologized to the five players left on the court when the rest of the team headed to the locker room early in the final seconds of a loss at Florida State.

On his radio show Monday night, Williams said he didn't realize the reserves -- including three walk-ons -- stayed behind with 14.2 seconds left in Saturday's 33-point loss until watching the game film. Williams says it was "a mistake" and a "miscommunication."

Team spokesman Steve Kirschner says Williams intended to pull the entire team with FSU coach Leonard Hamilton's blessing and end the game early before fans stormed the court. Instead, assistant coach C.B. McGrath, strength coach Jonas Sahratian and a few managers stayed behind with the reserves.


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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jan 19, 2012 at 03:00 PM
    As much as I can't stand UNC, I don't think Roy was thinking all that clear at the time. I wont put the full blame on him for that. However, they should have had John Edwards, Brady Anderson, Lawerence Taylor, Butch Davis, and Kevin Reddick as the 5 on the floor so the Seminoles fan can stomp all over those 5 scumbags.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2012 at 05:45 PM in reply to Sam
      Sam writes: "I don't think Roy was thinking all that clear at the time". That is EXACTLY right, Sam. Here is the dirty little secret that those in the know at UNC can't come to grips with, Roy is losing it. In this case, "it" = his mind. His actions are getting more unstable and bizarre. So far, this has been covered up with some success, although the ship is starting to leak. In due time, this will end very ugly. The UNC fans on the periphery will stay in denial until the ship becomes the UNC Titanic and that point they will not be able to pretend any longer as it will all be an open wound to the whole sports world. Mark it down.
  • by Toby on Jan 19, 2012 at 02:43 PM
    Dont hate the player, hate the game! 6 National titles and 18 final four's!
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      by Joe on Jan 19, 2012 at 06:10 PM in reply to Toby
      and add $4 dollars to that and you can get a cup of coffee at Starbucks, the Holes suck! Cheaters never win in the long run
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      by Bobby on Jan 19, 2012 at 08:49 PM in reply to Toby
      Unc has only WON 5 titles, which, don't get me wrong, is certainly nothing to sneeze at. But that bogus Helms title means nothing.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2012 at 07:51 AM
    mmmm light blue kool aid...tastes so good. All we have to say is we have more championships. History speaks for itself. Carolina > Duke in everything except academics lol.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM in reply to
      Oh please, Wal-heel. Both UCLA and Kentucky "have more championships" in basketball. Academics is THE mission of a school (not that you'd know). Also, the football program is awaiting the NCAA hammer, tick tock... UNC-CHeat is about to be rocked. All for a couple of Tire Bowls and poor to middlin' records in a recently very weak ACC. LOL!!!
  • by To All The Trash Talking Duke fans on Jan 19, 2012 at 07:28 AM
    Florida State fans prematurely stormed the court with 1.7 seconds left, but that only delayed the Seminoles' second win over No. 1 Duke in three years. Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski had his team -- except the five in the game -- taken to the locker room before Al Thornton took the final free throws with 1.7 seconds left. He said he feared for his players' safety. "I would think that security is not ready for that type of thing," Krzyzewski said. "We weren't going to win the basketball game, the game was basically over, so why put those kids in harm's way?" articles.latimes.com/2006/mar/02/sports/sp-duke2
  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM
    I've never heard of the slaughter rule in NCAA basketball, but I guess that is what Roy thought and threw out the white flag,
  • by Ronster Location: Greenville, NC on Jan 18, 2012 at 10:56 AM
    Ok guys, stop bashing carolina. First, Roy asked FSU's head coach if it was okay if he did that..FSU's coach said it was probably a good idea. Students rushing on a court...UNC players could have easily gotten hurt. ALSO, Roy said that he told his assistant coach to bring EVERYONE, but he didn't hear them. They got back to the locker room, and Roy was confused. In the words of Roy Williams.."the starters run sprints, so do you. I eat steak, so do you."
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      by LOL! on Jan 19, 2012 at 07:29 AM in reply to Ronster
      ahhh... the baby blue political spin. Please account for all of Roy's other transgressions over the past few years. Admit it, Roy is losing it and it will only get progressively worse. You'll see. Now, go back to drinking the light blue Kool-aid.
  • by ENCTARHEEL on Jan 18, 2012 at 10:44 AM
    If it would have been up to me I'd have left them all in Tallahasse and told to walk home after that embarassment.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM
    two words! Sore Loser!
  • by SOPA on Jan 18, 2012 at 09:00 AM
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  • by JJ on Jan 18, 2012 at 07:10 AM
    I hate UNC more than anything and the fact that Williams left his players on the floor was a poor decision. As a coach he should have never left the floor until he knew that he had all his players. As for the loss I feel sorry for the next team UNC plays. I doubt UNC will lose two in a row.
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