NCAA Basketball’s Coach of the Year?

Roy Williams, who followed a national championship season at North Carolina by leading an inexperienced team to a Top 10 finish, was selected coach of the year by The Associated Press on Friday.

This is BS folks.  Pure BS.  For so many reasons I can’t even seperate them to begin.

  1. 23 wins?  32 other teams had as many or more.  That’s a LOT of teams folks.
  2. They didn’t win their conference.
  3. They didn’t win their conference tournament.
  4. Their conference is completely out of the tournament.
  5. They lost to an 11th seed in the NCAA Tournament.

That gets Roy Williams coach of the year?  That’s FUBAR.  Roy Williams is going to get talent as long as he’s at North Carolina.  Not because he’s a great coach, but simply because of where he is.  Anything less than a championship means he’s failed as a coach.  That’s the expectation we place on Tubby Smith, it’s fair for Roy too.

My vote goes to someone who’s actually accomplished SOMETHING.  Try taking a small school team to the NCAA Tournament, and in order to get anywhere, has to beat Michigan State, NORTH CAROLINA, and the team that knocked off the regular season SEC champion.  Oh, and it just so happens, have won more games than North Carolina as well.  Rather than being one of the top 30-winningest teams in the country, they’re actually in the top 10 with wins.  Whether they win the NCAA Championship or not, these kids have accomplished something big already.    Their coach has a lot to do with it.  For that, Jim Larranaga IS the coach of the year regardless of what AP thinks.

And, if having a team in the Final Four’s not a good enough reason, the turn-around Bruce Pearl managed at Tennessee was nothing short of startling.

AP’s screwed this one up BAD.  I just wonder if they’ll get Roy Williams’ thoughts on being coach of the year while he’s watching the coach that beat him in the Final Four?