It must be exhausting to be Rick Bozich. The man finds a way to take a dig at Calipari in everything he does, from taking out the trash to shopping for pants. Today’s dig comes in the form of a seemingly benign article about North Carolina head coach Roy Williams. Bozich interviewed Ole Roy about UNC’s upcoming season and tomorrow night’s game against Michigan State in the Carrier Classic. Bozich being Bozich, he doesn’t waste any time letting us know the real intention of the piece with this opening line:
Imagine a college basketball team with a thunderous forward who saw more joy in playing his second season on campus than being the first or second pick in the NBA draft.
Wait, is this an article about Kentucky and Terrence Jones?? Really?
Imagine the same team with two other more improbable species: a junior forward and senior center. Straight fiction. Roy Williams does not have to imagine that situation.
Okay, guess not. Cue lots of fluffy quotes about North Carolina’s valuable veterans and Roy’s “refreshing” attitude towards players staying in college as opposed to heading to the NBA at the first chance. After Bozich gets the obligatory reference to the Carrier Classic out of the way, the backhanded digs at Cal keep pouring in:
On whether or not Williams’ “refreshing” college-first philosophy is outdated in today’s NBA-centric college basketball landscape:
Being a players-first program these days means pushing guys out the door and into their fortunes. There’s always another high school All-American looking to be next, correct? [cue "I'm in touch with reality" factoid] Williams has lost guys after one season, too. Marvin Williams did a one-and-done at North Carolina in 2005. Brandan Wright followed that example two years later. It happens.
Now Bozich is basically slobbering all over Williams:
But Williams has certainly had more stars stay two, three or even four years (Tyler Hansbrough) than one year. That has translated into NCAA championships in 2005 and ’09, which is nice if you believe NCAA championship Monday matters more than NBA draft night.
You can tell Bozich wants to go on and on, but this is an article about UNC’s upcoming season after all. So, he throws in a quote from Roy about how talented the college basketball field is this year, in which the coach includes Kentucky along with UConn and Ohio State as the elite teams. Because he can’t let an article end with a positive reference to the Cats, Bozich throws one last paper wad at Cal with his closing line:
No, but the Tar Heels are better than they would have been if the NBA was the only thing that mattered to Williams’ players.
Grow up, Rick, or get some new material. This is getting old.