T.J. Yates will have shoulder surgery next week to repair damage to the joint. Butch Davis says he expects Yates to be back at 100% for next season. The real question is will he be 100% for spring practice. Mike Paulus is waiting in the wings and would probably want to get his career as a starter going sooner rather than later. This should set up a spirited competition between Yates and Paulus in the spring if Yates is ready. If not and Paulus impresses, Yates could have an uphill climb in the fall. Regardless of that, here is hoping Yates heals up quickly.
Roy Williams doesn’t like us any more than Mike Krzyzewski does; it’s just that Roy speaks with an Asheville accent that the fawning TV, radio and self-appointed pseudo journalists who hang around the place decide they must find endearing. (Case in point: K endorses AmEx and he’s evil for it; Roy endorses Coke and it’s perceived as cute.)
- First of all, I do not doubt the access issue. Roy does not like his own radio show, expresses disdain for email and the internet in general and I can imagine holds folks off. That being said I still(with bias) think Roy relates to the media more than K does but some of that might have to do with his being at a public university which seems to demand some level of exposure. However, I will take issue with comparing the commercial ventures because Daniels made it sound like K did one commercial and got villified for it and when Roy did his everyone thought it was cute. That is a bit disingenuous on Daniels' part because K did more than just the AMEX commercial. He also did Chevy ads and has been doing them for awhile. The second aspect to that is the K commercials were seen at almost every timeout during the NCAA Tournament in 2006 or so it seemed. I think I can count on one hand the number of times I saw Roy's Coke ad. I think the content of the commercials also make Roy's more likable since he was talking about his mother working to make extra money for him where K's commercial doubles as a plug for his business leadership seminar. Hearing him talk about how he prepares his players for life and what not comes off as arrogant where Roy talking about Mama resounds with those of us who still call their mothers "Mama"
- Inside Carolina has some early renderings of the Kenan expansion project which is most likely part of the package to keep Butch Davis happy.