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UNC coach Roy Williams on depth: Not quite what we hoped it would be

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North Carolina coach Roy Williams might have figured before the season that the Tar Heels’ depth would be the least of his concerns. But as injuries have mounted he said on Monday that the Heels’ depth is “not quite what we hoped it would be.”

Leslie McDonald, a junior guard, hasn’t played at all this season while recovering from a knee injury he suffered during the summer. Then Dexter Strickland suffered a season-ending knee injury in a victory at Virginia Tech on Jan. 19. And then, on Saturday, P.J. Hairston sat out the Heels’ victory against Virginia with a foot injury.

Hairston, a freshman, became the third UNC shooting guard to miss a game because of an injury this season. Williams said today during his portion of the weekly ACC teleconference that UNC’s medical staff would evaluate Hairston’s injured left foot and determine how much – if any – he can participate in practice.

Hairston’s status for the Heels’ game against Miami on Wednesday night is unknown, Williams said.

Meanwhile, Harrison Barnes’ left ankle, which he sprained in a victory at Wake Forest on Jan. 31, continues to improve, Williams said. Barnes suffered some swelling after the victory against Virginia, but Williams said Barnes’ ankle felt stronger than it did the previous week after a victory at Maryland.


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Couldn't have said it better Roy...

...the depth of your coaching ability is suspect.  We all had high hopes but please do us a favor and move on.  Thanks.

Do what ?

So you think Coach Williams should move on ?

Enlighten us all - fans and haters - on who would be doing a better job than Roy ? Meaning who would have more than two titles in eight years ?

Easy answer

Coach K won 2 titles in 2 years or 3 in 10 years.( 91,92 & 2001) So we know he can do it. Nice Talk

Huh ?!

Nice talk ?

Small problem with your "nice talk" with me. The vampur has oly won TWO titles in TEN years ... same as Roy. So, I guess, hiring at K at UNC would be a lateral move.

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Andrew Carter is the University of North Carolina beat writer for the News & Observer.