In a snowballing controversy seemingly taken from a mid-aughts Atlantic Coast Conference random news generator, we now have a national championship-winning men's basketball coach and a university president trading potshots.
Two days after University of Maryland President Wallace Loh was revealed to have said he thinks the North Carolina athletic department would receive the NCAA's rarely implemented "death penalty" for its academic-athletic scandal, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams went on Sirius XM College Sports Nation to talk about "junk."
Asked whether North Carolina's recent national championship had a "special significance," given the unfavorable attention the program has attracted since the scandal arose, Williams did his daggum best to remain civil. Then he got to talking about Loh.
"There has been a lot of junk, and people have questioned my integrity. Even since we won, people have come out and said some things without information. They've just gone by what somebody else has said, and I know what has been done. I know what the facts are. It's been really hurtful. Some people in the media that I never thought would go out and say some things without having all the information," he said Wednesday.
"And then we have a president that says we should get the death penalty, a president of another university, and to me that’s just so silly. A guy told me one time that if you got a little knowledge, it turns you into an idiot, but no knowledge, you’re a double idiot. That’s about the way I look at that thing."
It doesn't take a double idiot to realize that those comments basically mirror those of North Carolina vice chancellor of communications Joel Curran — "Clearly, Dr. Loh misunderstands the facts of the case, and how NCAA bylaws apply to those facts" — only they're translated into Ol' Roy.
Williams' final comments on the matter might have been the most fitting. "I don't know what's going to happen, but I know what we did," he said in the interview, "and that's the only comforting thing for us."