I love Roy Williams, I’ve discussed that before. It made me laugh to read this article this morning and see that Coach Williams actually said something other than “dadgum” (although he says it with his next breath).
That dadgum Coach K.
From Today’s Sanford Herald:
Williams miffed by Coach K’s comment
By AARON BEARD
AP Sports Writer
CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina coach Roy Williams apparently doesn’t think too highly of Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s views on injury reports.
In a small tiff that has added the latest spice to college basketball’s most intense rivalry, Williams took exception to a comment made by Krzyzewski on Sunday that the Blue Devils don’t discuss injuries “unlike other schools.”
While Krzyzewski never mentioned the thirdranked Tar Heels specifically, Williams felt the statement was a subtle jab at his team, which has had a much-publicized run of injuries and ailments in the past two weeks.
It was enough to have Williams, in a comment on his weekly radio show Monday, telling an unspecified person to “coach their own damn team, I’ll coach my team.”
On Tuesday, Williams found himself discussing the comments again instead of focusing on the Tar Heels’ game at North Carolina State on Wednesday.
“It’s not like I’m getting a dadgum plane and flying it around to say, ’Roy fell against a wall and banged his nose’ or anything,” Williams said in a news conference. “We have to do those things (talk about injuries) and everybody’s hurt. But there’s different stages of being hurt.
“If you’re hurt and missing games, that’s not exactly like having a hangnail.
And so we do have some people that are getting hurt and missing games. I don’t think that somebody should say we’re putting it in front of the public.”
When a reporter attempted to ask a followup question, Williams said he didn’t want to discuss the comments further and have “battles through the media.” But when the news conference ended, Williams came back to the topic once more.
“I said before we played Duke it’s impossible to have any more respect than I do for Mike,” Williams said, “but I felt like that comment was aimed towards us.”
Duke team spokesman Jon Jackson declined to comment Tuesday, one day before the fifth-ranked Blue Devils travel to Miami.
Krzyzewski’s comment came in a radio interview after Duke’s loss at Wake Forest. While noting that freshman Nolan Smith had been playing through a knee injury for a few weeks, Krzyzewski added, “unlike other schools we don’t release our injuries,” according to the Web site for radio station WRBZ-AM in Raleigh.