Jan 5, 2014; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams yells out during the first half against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Roy Williams: "Mentally Worse Than I've Ever Felt As A Coach"

Since the days of Tyler Hansbrough, Bobby Fraser, Ty Lawson, and 2009 National Championship team, fans have watch UNC struggle to live up to the expectations set very high each season. As part of the frustration, when things don’t go the way of the fans, they blame head coach Roy Williams. Well, his critics finally heard him say things they’ve been hoping for some time now.

During his post-game press conference after last night’s 73-67 loss to the Miami Hurricanes, he not only explained how stressful this season has become, but he took blame for the Tar Heels not playing as great as they truly should be.

When you go to school here and you coach here as an assistant and you come back and coach here, it’s a feeling of ownership, it’s a feeling of pride. And right now I’m not doing a very good job with this basketball team and that’s the hardest thing there is that I’ve ever had to say.

Roy took last night’s loss hard on himself, but I think he shouldn’t take complete blame. This young team is making fundamental mistakes that a coach at the collegiate level shouldn’t have to teach them. Especially considering many on this team are McDonald’s All-Americans.

Also, Roy should look at getting his coaching staff together and figure out if even they are doing everything right. Assistant coaches serve a purpose of working with a small group of the team and teach them in more detail than the head coach who focuses a lot on the team as a whole. Sometimes, a tweak with the assistants is all that is needed to work the kink out of a problem. Firing someone or putting pressure on anyone is not fun, but at North Carolina or any other high profile school…it can be necessary.

I do feel mentally probably worse that I’ve ever felt as a head coach right now. And that also shows what a blessed life I’ve had, but I’ve got good kids. I’ve got to do a better job with them.

You can tell this season has taken a toll on Roy. With academic issues lingering in the background since 2008, PJ Hairston staying in trouble, and the struggles of this year’s team…Roy is exhausted. Roy is a humble man, but it’s rare when he breaks down his own emotions.

Hang in there Roy, Tar Heel faithful still stand behind you! This is a very young team that will grow and while this year may not be there year, they will grow and become a better team with time. This team needs a leader and with Hairston gone, it’s time for someone to jump at the chance to turn this team around.

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