Enough Is Enough
Those of you who have been readers of this site for some time know that I am slightly above ground zero when it comes to computer/internet knowledge. I utilize WebTV which doesn't have all the bells and whistles like computers and my proficiency in utilizing all the buttons on my basic keyboard is nothing to boast about. Why am I talking about this at this particular time? Well, I'll tell you.
Yesterday I wrote an article entitled "Enough is Enough" and I was somewhat pleased with the way it turned out. Something happened, however, when I tried to transport the article to my web master in Raleigh and I lost the complete article. I don't know if you have had the experience of rewriting an article from scratch but it ain't no fun. It's not as bad as an experience I had when I worked at Vanderbilt when I lost an entire ready to print 25 page brochure. I will never know how I rewrote the entire brochure in one morning. While we are talking about Vanderbilt which as everyone knows is located in Nashville, Tennessee, I am reminded of what my now deceased friend Roy Acuff told a group of studio musicians while they were cutting the record "Will The Circle Be Unbroken." He asked them to give it everything they had on the first take because on each retake, a little something was lost. You can hear him say this on the record which contained other bits of conversation between Mr. Acuff and the backup musicians. Let's hope I don't lose too much on my retake.
You may wonder what I'm talking about when I entitle this article "Enough Is Enough." I am talking about Roy Williams and the first few days of his tenure as Head Basketball Coach at UNC. Let's get one thing straight from the outset. I am ecstatic that Roy Williams is now the coach at Carolina. He is the perfect person to restore the program to its former greatness and he is the perfect medicine to heal he wounds of the Carolina fan base.
But Roy Williams needs to demonstrate more pleasure at having returned home and I'm sure it will come with time. I'm talking about now. We tolerated his lengthy reflections on Lawrence Kansas, his Kansas players and the University of Kansas at the press conference because I think all of us had sympathy for his predicament. It would have been nice, however, if he had shown a little more excitement about coming home. I kept waiting but maybe the fact that he was physically and emotionally exhausted had something to do with it. Then came the return trip to Lawrence for the University of Kansas basketball banquet. You just knew it was going to be tearful and it was. He put the Kansas Chancellor in a tight spot by asking if he could return for the banquet and don't think for a minute there wasn't considerable potential for a bad scene.
I spent right much time on the Kansas message boards both before Roy Williams made his decision and afterwards. There was an organized effort on the part of some Jayhawk fans to prevent Roy Williams from attending the banquet and they barraged the Kansas Athletic Department with telephone calls and e-mails voicing their objections. Obviously, they weren't successful in their efforts. Roy Williams was admittedly nervous and told Mr. and Mrs. Collison prior to the banquet that he didn't know what to expect. Mr. Collison told Roy Williams he would cover his back and he did. Near the end of the ceremonies, someone in the back ( approx. 2000 people in attendance ) hollered "traitor" and Mr. Collison stood up and shouted back, "You should be ashamed of yourself." He received applause from the other attendees. While Roy Williams's courage is to be admired, he was flirting with disaster by returning to the Land of Oz. Oh by the way, for those of you who were worried that Roy Williams might change his mind when he returned to Kansas, I guess you saw where he said after the banquet that if he hadn't already given his word to UNC he would have stayed at Kansas. That's what we all feared.
The Krispy Kreme shot of Roy Williams and Chancellor Moeser in front of the Old Well was a good move for both parties. It created a sense of connection between those two individuals with the Carolina fan base. I've yet to meet a Tar Heel who didn't like Krispy Kremes and they are natives to NC just like Roy Williams. By the way, there is an article in this week's Newsweek about Krispy Kreme being one of the companies that is making it through the national hard times without suffering financially. I'm sure glad I picked up a few shares when they went public several years ago. Since the CEO at KK is a Carolina man (Livengood), I'll bet he personally sent the box of doughnuts down from Winston-Salem or maybe he delivered them himself. When in the world are they going to open a Krispy Kreme in Chapel Hill. I dream of KKs with Carolina blue icing.
So other than the now famous utterance by Roy Williams after the championship game, that's all I have to say about the subject. I'm not upset with Roy Williams. I just want him to show the excitement about UNC basketball that I feel after the six year nightmare since Coach Smith retired. Mrs. RamFanatic still hasn't forgiven him for saying what he did on national TV and based on conversations I have had with other Tar Heels, she's not the only one.
Time solves a lot of problems and in a few more weeks everyone will forget that he ever said what he did. In the meantime, I want Roy Williams to demonstrate more that he shares in the exhilaration that I feel about UNC basketball. I have said nothing here that I wouldn't say to Roy Williams if I met him in person. My intent has been to be constructive not critical and sometimes we need friends to tell us things that others won't. Even though I have never met Roy Williams, I consider him my friend.