Roy Williams continues digging himself a hole.
The longtime North Carolina head coach has adamantly denied any wrongdoing by UNC men's basketball program in the school's enormous academic scandal that reportedly included more than 3,000 student-athletes taking bogus classes.
“Were there some mistakes made? You’re darned right there were. Were there some things I wish hadn’t happened? You’re darned right. But there were no allegations against men’s basketball,” Williams said in early April.
Though we still don't know the entirety of the scandal and ongoing NCAA investigation, it doesn't take a college student who actually attended real classes to know that Williams is wrong. In 2014, former Tar Heels' All-American guard Rashad McCants said he made the Dean's List in 2005 with straight-A grades despite not attending a single class and receiving completed papers from tutors.
The scandal was brought up again on Monday when The News and Observer reported that Maryland president Wallace Loh spoke on the subject at an on-campus meeting last week.
“For the things that happened in North Carolina, it’s abysmal. I would think that this would lead to the implementation of the death penalty by the NCAA. But I’m not in charge of that.”
Williams didn't like that, blasting Loh on Sirius/XM College Sports Nation on Wednesday morning.
"And then we have a president that that says we should get the death penalty. A president of another university. I mean to me that's just so silly. A guy told me one time, 'You can get a little knowledge and it turns you into an idiot, but no knowledge you're a double idiot.' And that's about the way I look at that thing."
It's assumed that Williams is saying Loh doesn't know all the details, which is likely true, and it's fair to criticize Loh for his powerful comments on an ongoing investigation. However, the Hall of Fame coach sounds foolish. By his logic, wouldn't all 3,000-plus student-athletes who took fake classes be double idiots?