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Re: “An Open Letter to Roy Williams’s Haters

Roy William is one of the best coaches to ever pace a sideline. No argument from me there.

But Roy Williams, just like you and me, is a man. That fact means that he has some imperfections.

These imperfections are not for me to point out because I love the dude for who he is and what he has done for the school that he and I adore.

So, my issue is not with Coach, it is with people like you who beat your chest and think that just because someone does this, that, and the third that they are above and beyond reproach and should never be questioned by mere underlings.

You listen to the 20-something year old fans who are attracted to shinny new things like one-and-done players who are the ones's saying Roy must got. You listen to fans who what to win every game when they are mad but fail to frame the context. You write opinion pieces like this, like it is your call to duty to tell others that they are not entitled to own opinions and have no option of figuring out that they were wrong on their own.

Roy is a little like my teen-age daughter. She is an A-B student and is a great kid whom I love, but she can do some of the craziest things sometimes that tick me off. But even though I am angry and, as a parent, have the right to tell her what to do, it doesn't matter because she is something I have never been or will be; a teen-aged girl. And she always comes back around.

I learned just a few years back, when Roy was being stubborn about not starting Kendall Marshall and we looked like crap in a game vs. Georgia Tech, to just be patient. Not that he is right 100% of the time, but he doggone sure knows what he is doing.

And I will take him over any other coach out there.

I admit, I am not a coach. I am a fan which, remember, is short for fanatic which does not always mean rationale. So give others a break. The could be lol@ncstate fan and just not care.

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Posted by Troy Franklin Armstrong on 01/12/2018 at 11:09 AM

Re: “An Open Letter to Roy Williams’s Haters

Any true Tarheel fan would never consider the removal of Coach Williams. His success since coming back from the dark side (sorry Kansas fans) is off the charts, especially in light of the negative recruiting endured during the African American controversy. I dare say no other coach could have gotten the team(s) through this period with the success he experienced. Coach Williams and his staff take kids with perhaps less physical talent than other schools and mold them into incredible players- I'd say just look at Brice Johnson, Kennedy Meeks and Luke Maye as freshmen and how they evolved as prime examples. He just has the ability to find dadgum kids that love having the opportunity to play for the program. He may be a little old school, may have that streak of stubbornness that confounds the armchair coach, but at the end of the day, no coach in America has had the success he has had since coming home- guy should have the job as long as he wants it and we should shudder at the thought of him being replaced when he decides it's time to hang it up. We love you coach!

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Posted by Georgia Heel on 01/12/2018 at 11:07 AM

Re: “An Open Letter to Roy Williams’s Haters

Thank you for a decently well written article with some good points and thank you for your passion! Just a note though - Bo Ryan stepped down in 2015. Arguments have more weight if the factual support is accurate.

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Posted by Joshua Minyard on 01/12/2018 at 10:56 AM

Re: “An Open Letter to Roy Williams’s Haters

I think the reason you hear Roy must go is because he doesn't coach like most great coaches have done in the so called moment. We all know Roy doesn't like to change his style so he sticks with his game plan and when the other teams have momentum he still won't call timeout. I truly believe he thinks he can wear them all down by not letting any team or any player rest. That can work but in this day and age I think we all know you must adapt and make room for change based on the talent and how the other teams are playing against you. There have been multiple occasions which i have witnessed as a fan that I would bet my paycheck that Roy and UNC could have avoided the loss if he would have just used a couple of more timeouts during the game. We all have our opinions but to me coaching happens not only during practices but also during critical times of every game. After all these are just kids and they don't always keep their focus as you might expect.

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Posted by Zac Worthy on 01/12/2018 at 10:44 AM

Re: “An Open Letter to Roy Williams’s Haters

Leave Roy alone so called fans. Duke and State is close by, be their fan f you cant support the Heels and the great Roy Williamss.

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Posted by Peggy Hill on 01/12/2018 at 10:34 AM

Re: “An Open Letter to Roy Williams’s Haters

Love your support for Roy, and if anyone is unhappy with him, they should have their head examined. But you need to edit the Thad Matta and Bo Ryan comment.

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Posted by Boston Waltenberger on 01/12/2018 at 10:12 AM

Re: “An Open Letter to Roy Williams’s Haters

Everything is always on the table. Three national championships is what is expected at Carolina, so is 8 out of ten and I admit I've said and continue to believe the option of firing Roy should always be on the table, and for a lot of reasons. His handling of Hairston for one. That being said, I agree with your observations about his ability to mold teams over the course of a season. In that regard he is second to none. All in all Roy has done a great job of winning but there are a lot of negatives as well. Once every player on the team was an African American Studies major? The talent pool has not been to UNC's expectations and that doesn't change based on winning Little by default.

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Posted by Phillip Whittington on 01/12/2018 at 9:23 AM

Re: “An Open Letter to Roy Williams’s Haters

Great letter. Thanks. We sometimes let our emotions get the best of us . No one wants to see Roy leave.

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Posted by Walter Aaron on 01/12/2018 at 9:19 AM

Re: “An Open Letter to Roy Williams’s Haters

Straw man much ?

No sentient UNC fan is calling for Coach Williams to be fired !

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Posted by Kent Kanoy on 01/12/2018 at 8:42 AM

Re: “An Open Letter to Roy Williams’s Haters

Where is this Roy-must-go mob? Yes, I've heard and said disparaging remarks toward Roy after losses. It's better to berate him than 20 year-olds, right? But, a Roy-must-go mob?? Give me a break. You must be eating at Suttons-Durham or Suttons-Lexington.

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Posted by Rod Anderson on 01/12/2018 at 8:41 AM

Re: “In 2016, N.C. Nursing Homes Were Fined $3.4 Million for Failing to Protect Residents. Trump Is Putting a Stop to That.

I hate Republicans in Washington more and more every day...Their evil will take years to undo and fix.

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Posted by Tony Dockery on 01/12/2018 at 8:21 AM

Re: “An Open Letter to Roy Williams’s Haters

Good article and well written. Better rethink the Thad Matta comment though.

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Posted by lincstaff on 01/12/2018 at 8:18 AM

Re: “An Open Letter to Roy Williams’s Haters

Amen to all of this. And he's done all of this in the midst of recruiting headwinds that very few, if any, other coaches would have been able to win in spite of. My fellow Tar Heels drive me crazy sometimes.

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Posted by Jonathan Crisp on 01/12/2018 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Anjanet Kamara and Aaron Thomas

Illllll..... but hes with me now lol

Posted by Trina Rogers on 01/12/2018 at 12:14 AM

Re: “John Little and Other Developers Are Gentrifying Durham’s East End. They’re Not About to Apologize.

In the past, when blacks took over white neighborhoods, it was called Invasion and Succession. Gentrification meant whites reclaiming neighborhoods that had previously abandoned. But these are historically black neighborhoods in which the term gentrification is being applied. It should called what it actually is, Invasion and Succession!

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Posted by Nazeeh Abdul-Hakeem on 01/11/2018 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Carrboro's Music Loft Closed at the End of December, But a Successor Is Already Taking Shape

It would be good if Katherine and Jim (or someone) could post information regarding how the new venue's opening is progressing. Maybe on the front door?

Dale White

Posted by Dale White on 01/11/2018 at 3:30 PM

Re: “The Tonally Incoherent Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Hasn't a Clue How to Manage Its Weighty Themes and Discordant Plot

Thank goodness somebody else saw it like this. Your criticism is spot on.

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Posted by Savijayy on 01/11/2018 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Carrboro's Music Loft Closed at the End of December, But a Successor Is Already Taking Shape

Im confident the new model described here will carry the Music Loft successfully forward. This community values music, and more importantly, the people in Carrboro and Chapel Hill value community! The product is the experience; having a place to exchange knowledge, anecdotes, ideas, and maybe a guitar or two. I wish the new operators every success.

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Posted by Andy Church on 01/10/2018 at 9:55 PM

Re: “John Little and Other Developers Are Gentrifying Durham’s East End. They’re Not About to Apologize.

Mr. Little may be proud of his brain, but he's a bit shortsighted about the impact his work is having on Durham as a whole. He could benefit from reading a book called Evicted, by Matthew Desmond. If I can locate his address, I'll send him a copy.

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Posted by Heather Lowe on 01/10/2018 at 5:43 PM

Re: “In Dire Need of a Kidney Transplant, Charly Lowry Takes a New Look at Her Life's Work

Thanks for all of your kind words.


Posted by Charly Lowry on 01/10/2018 at 1:39 PM

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