North Carolina head basketball coach Roy Williams hates you, North Carolina basketball fans.
Well, okay, he doesn’t hate all of you. His loathing is reserved for all of the fans who are supposed supporters of the Tar Heels, but then turn around and sell the tickets located behind his team’s bench to fans of rival teams.
Apparently, the legendary North Carolina coach attributes that to being at least part of the reason for his team’s loss to UNLV last weekend at the Las Vegas Invitational. That defeat sent the Tar Heels plummeting down from the No. 1 perch atop both of the major college hoops polls.
During his Monday radio show, here is what Williams had to say on the matter:
"I am not friendly with anybody else on the other team, and for some of our fans to get their tickets through the Rams Club and sell their tickets to UNLV boosters that are sitting right behind our families, I don’t like that," he said. ". . . If you sell your tickets that you get from the Rams Club to somebody else and they come in cheering for UNLV, then I’ve got no use for you."
Boom goes the dynamite. He has no use for those clowns, says the guy who watched his No. 1 ranked team in the nation get toppled by an undeniably substandard Runnin’ Rebels squad. But those tough words weren’t all. Williams went so far as to say that he wanted to know who precisely sold seats for that last game.
"It’s frustrating, it’s disappointing," he said. "Do you think ESPN likes Fox to be successful? You think Nike likes Under Armour to be successful? I mean, I’m competing out there. I don’t like our fans to help the other team by either giving (away) or selling their tickets. That’s disappointing.”
So there you have it. If you’re pawning off good North Carolina seats to the opposition, you’re persona non grata in the coach’s book. Almost as low on the human nothingness food chain as a Duke fan, really.