"The penalty came out the week of the ACC tournament in '90. There hadn't been as severe a penalty [for a basketball program] as that," Williams recalled. "People in the program like Walt Williams, Vince Broadnax, Cedric Lewis, Matt Roe, Tony Massenburg sustained us for that period. At the end of the sanctions those guys left, got their degrees, went on to the pros, we were left in a situation where we couldn't recruit and we were left to compete in the best league in the country. It's hard. It was a very difficult time for me trying to figure out how to get it done."