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Tar Heels Walk Out During Game

Post  Carolina Kat on Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:07 pm

Williams defends UNC's early exit in final seconds

BY ANDREW CARTER - ACARTER@NEWSOBSERVER.COM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- By the end of North Carolina's worst loss of the Roy Williams era, Williams and most of his team were already gone.

With 14 seconds left to play in the Tar Heels' 90-57 defeat at Florida State, Williams approached Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton. The two spoke briefly. Hamilton nodded in affirmation. And then Williams gestured for his players, assistant coaches and team managers to clear the bench and follow him off the court.

The Tar Heels' most seldom-used reserves - a group that includes walk-ons Patrick Crouch, Stewart Cooper and David Dupont - played the final 14 seconds of the game, which ended as Florida State students and fans rushed the Donald L. Tucker Center court in celebration.

It was a jubilant, chaotic scene while fans filled the court. And it was exactly the kind of scene that Williams wanted to avoid.

Afterward, Williams defended his decision to shield his team from a postgame celebration that he suspected might be wild.

"Let's make sure that we understand that I was not trying to embarrass Florida State by pretending that they could not control the crowd," Williams said. "That's not what I was trying to do at all. I was just trying to protect our team. We had an ugly incident at Las Vegas and one of our female managers got knocked down."

Williams was referencing the Tar Heels' 90-80 defeat against UNLV on Nov. 26 in the Las Vegas Invitational. Fans rushed the court then, too, and someone pushed one of UNC's female managers to the ground.

Williams didn't want to experience a similar incident after his team's loss against Florida State. Williams said Hamilton agreed with the Tar Heels' decision to leave early - and that Hamilton helped suggest the idea.

Still, it made for an odd scene, what with UNC's walk-ons playing out the final seconds in front of the empty chairs where their teammates and coaches had been sitting. Williams asked media members after the game to not focus on his early exit.

"Please don't make it that big a deal after what happened at the end," he said. "You'll take away from a great victory for Florida State. And that won't be fair. We just tried to be cautious."

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Post  BestdamnUKfanperiod on Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:06 pm

It wouldn't bother me, a lot of crazy fans anymore it was over anyways. But I really enjoyed watching UNC get whipped! Very Happy
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Post  MULECHOPS on Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:27 pm

Roy left the bench warmers on the floor to get trampled.
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Post  Carolina Kat on Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:52 pm

On Monday during his radio show, he apologized for not realizing that he had left five players on the floor along with a Weight instructor and trainer that remained with the other players. He said that his intention was for his entire team and staff to leave the floor at that time and that he was stunned because the others took so long to get to the locker room after the game. He said he didn't realize how it all came to an end until he watched the game film and saw that the five finished the game. He apologized to them allegedly.

My problem with this is simply, if you watch the highlights, after he shakes the hands of FSU's coaches and players, he tucks his tail between his legs and burns a trail off the court. He doesn't once stop to see if everyone was off the court or if someone was left behind. He has two cops that are looking after him. With time still on the clock, he should have walked over to the corner of the arena, near the locker room tunnel, and waited for the remainder of his team and staff. He should have been the last one off the court, not the first.

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