sam's notes

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

.....I didn't know what to make of Rob Daniels' column in this morning's N&R. I came away with the feeling that he has a problem with former college basketball coaches serving as ESPN analysts.

I see his point about Steve Lavin, where Daniels believes ESPN, with its pocketbook, is keeping quality coaches off the bench. I also see his point about Rick Majerus, when Daniels writes it'll "take big cash, great climate, winning situation — to lure him."

But then he knocks one of the best coaches in the game:

"While Ol' Roy is speaking to sauced middle-aged executive types at Rams club functions for three weeks on end this spring, Lavin's sunning in Malibu.

"Let's see here: trying to put a fresh coat of paint on a tall tale you heard from your mentors three decades ago, — and doing it for the benefit of people who curse your name 30 nights a year — or relaxing on the beach."

Tar Heel fans, this your coach he's writing about. I'm sure Roy Williams is doing fine, financially speaking. He still chooses to work hard for his money. Besides, he's paid his dues, as have college coaches who even in a position to become a TV analyst.

If that's what Williams wants to do someday, then he can do it. ESPN would pay well to have him in the studio.


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