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Williams talks third NCAA Title, ACC meetings

Posted May 15

— North Carolina head coach Roy Williams is in Amelia Island, Fla. just a little longer than a month after winning his third NCAA National Title with the Tar Heels. For the Hall of Fame coach, each of the championships came with a different response.

"It's been very different," Williams said. "In '05 everybody was so happy they were hanging off the trees. In '09 it was like we hadn't done anything, they were like 'Oh, you were supposed to do that.'

"This one, people have been very enthusiastic. Some people may say crazy but I'll say enthusiastic."

Just as each championship evokes a different reaction, each championship is a learning experience, no matter how many of them Williams has.

"In '05 when we gave the rings away at the football game, (it) was the first time as a staff we were able to appreciate what we had accomplished," Williams said. "I don't want to wait until they hand the rings out in September to say 'Hey guys we just won the national championship. How does it feel?'

"I'd like to have to some time to enjoy it a little more."

Although he's enjoying the aftermath of his team's second straight run to the National Championship and the fun of winning the most recent one, Williams isn't excited for the annual Atlantic Coast Conference meetings in the sunshine state.

"This is a worthless waste of my time to be down here," he said. "Because whatever the crap we say they're not going to pay attention to. I'm glad I'm leaving because it's a waste of my time.

"If you are going to have people that you trust to be your basketball coaches, I think you should have enough respect for them to at least get their opinions."

Williams has a great excuse to leave early: he has to be in New york Tuesday to receive the Winged Foot Award from the New York Athletic Club.

"It's really a nice banquet," he said. "They give me the National Coach of the Year Award, which is by far the best one because it goes to the coach whose team won the National Championship, so that's the one I like the most."

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