It's forty-eight hours since the Presbyterian game, and the internet has officially lost its collective mind. At least the sportsblogging segment of it has, as more vitriol is being thrown at Roy Williams for confronting a heckling fan than anything this side of philandering golfers. A Sea of Blue has a pretty thorough rundown of the Great Freakout, and if that doesn't wear you out you can join the legions turning to the Constitution or, well, being State fans. (No link for the State fans.) Even Ken Pomeroy loses it a bit:
So that's one perspective on the matter.
The problem is, however, that the guy wasn't ejected for saying "Hey Deon, miss it." After all, anyone whose been to the Dean Dome with any regularity has heard opponents say much worse. He was tossed because of where he said it from, a seat that apparently wasn't his:
"First, Coach Williams didn’t tell security to throw the guy out of the building," Kirschner wrote. "He asked security to see if that guy had a ticket for that seat because he wanted to know who gave him the ticket to a seat behind our bench. Security tossed him because he appeared to be intoxicated and our security (and Duke’s, Maryland’s, NC State’s and pretty much anyone else’s security staffs) eject fans if they think they are."
And that gets to the rub of it. As I mentioned in the comments below, the twenty rows behind the bench are generally filled with former players and friends of the program – I remember seeing Warren Martin in that area a lot when I was in school. Add to that the fact that Williams has shown a lot of interest in the seating arrangements of the Dean Dome, including moving a lot of the older alumni players from the upper deck to the lower level, and in an otherwise slow game, I can see him definitely wanting to know why a Presbyterian fan was sitting there. I presume that's what he meant by "our" seats. Williams never mentions whether the fan was drunk in his postgame comments, because he had no way of knowing. He had security ask somebody about his ticket, and that's the last he saw of the guy.
Even so, discreetly finding out what seat he was in and dealing with it after the game would have been a better option, to me at least. But once it's in security's hands, it's out of Williams'. And within a few hours of it being on the internet, you'd think he'd climbed into the stands himself and started throwing punches, Artest-style. So maybe everyone should back away from the keyboards and stop attacking strawmen, all right?