CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough wasn't surprised to hear that coach Roy Williams dropped the F-bomb on Wednesday night — just that it happened during his post-game press conference.
"Oh, man,'' the senior said, growing wide-eyed and a bit red-faced when told his coach had used the expletive he usually replaces with frickin,' friggin' or 'flippin.'
"I've definitely heard it more than you guys,'' Hansbrough said. "It's usually once every other ballgame, he drops it in the huddle, and we know he means business then. But I think he may beat himself up over that because he usually counts how many cuss words he says in the huddle and in practice.
"When he gets really mad in practice he says, 'Now, that's four cuss words, and I didn't plan on saying any today.'"
Williams was talking about his team's failure to execute the full-court press after it beat N.C. State when he said: "We stink."
Asked why they stink, Williams responded: "If I knew the answer to that do you think we'd still be [expletive] stinkin'?"
After nervous laughter in the room, Williams apologized for using the curse word.
"I can't believe I said that," Williams said. "I only say that on the golf course."
The press conference was being broadcast live on both the Tar Heel Radio Network and Wolfpack-Capitol Sports Network.
Told of his coach's word choice, senior forward Danny Green seemed as stunned as Hansbrough.
"I don't really want to comment on coach's comments,'' Green said. "But if he gets mad, if you get him mad enough, and he keeps trying to tell you something over and over, he'll say some funny words — but it's usually not the F-bomb as much ... but flippin', frickin'."
Asked if he thought Williams should run after practice as punishment, Green said no: "I don't think that will happen. Next to his name it says 'head coach,' so he gets to do whatever he wants to do. So I don't think we'll be making him run; he's the guy that makes us run."