UNC Coach Roy Williams: “What Made Dean Retire Early Was The Stuff Outside The Court.”
The Drive Wednesday 8-14-13 – Roy Williams talks with The Drive live from the Wyndham Championship about the P.J. Hairston situation in Chapel Hill, the Caulton Tudor piece on Dean Smith retiring too early, and QCB talks with the legendary coach about his new show.
“It’s been a tough summer,” says Williams in reference to P.J. Hairston’s legal woes and suspension from the team. “We’re going to let everything take its course and see what happens at the end.”
In reaction to Hairston’s speeding ticket recently driving over 30 mph the legal speeding limit to Charlotte, he wishes he was closer to him when he was pulled over.
“I would be standing on a ladder and choking him,” says Williams.
But jokes aside, the UNC coach says that he has had talks with P.J. and his mother about the situations, and Williams says that there should be some resolution to this whole matter in the weeks ahead.
Legendary Dean Smith made Roy promise him that he wouldn’t retire at age 66 like he did in his career. Roy says that “everything around the game made Coach Smith leave.” Smith extremely enjoyed coaching the kids and teaching them skill sets 16 years ago, but “nowadays its 50, 100, 200 times worse that what it was at that point.”
With all of the pressures of being a college coach and dealing with NBA scouts and recruits, Roy Williams says that “he’s so lucky” with the players he’s had over the past years to “save his attitude.”
He goes on to say that he “doesn’t like putting up with all the junk I’ve had to put up with this summer, and everyone’s opinions…but when I go down there in the locker room and see James Michael, and Marcus Paige, and Joel James, I would adopt half of those kids and take them home, and so I feel as I’m lucky as I can be.”
Listen to the full interview above to hear about President Obama’s call to Roy, whether or not Roy Williams will show up with a Gamecock sticker at the UNC/USC football game, and the call from Smith to coach at UNC after Kansas lost to Syracuse in the National Championship game .