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Roy had surgery today to repair a torn labrum. The reason for surgery? You would think he threw his shoulder out while in the midst of a jacket-throwing tantrum over the team’s penchant for turnovers or atrocious performance at the free throw line. But no, Roy suffered the injury at a golf tournament this fall.
The recovery will require Roy to wear a sling for the next four weeks and certainly hamper his sideline antics. But the bigger concern is will Coach Williams’ wardrobe suffer due to this untimely injury? Will Roy be forced to go tie-less? Could we see a paisley Ascot for Sunday’s game against Nevada? Or, will Coach adopt the always fashionable clip-on? Time will tell. Stayed tuned to the Tie Tracker for the latest.
After a 3-0 start to the season, Carolina remains the 6th ranked team in the nation. Contests against No. 15 Ohio State and No. 13 Cal or Syracuse this week should challenge the mettle of the team along with the validity of their Top Ten ranking. Other ACC teams in the Top 25 include Duke at No. 9, Georgia Tech at No. 21, Clemson at No.22 and Maryland at No. 25.
Also, here is a link to Luke Winn’s predictions for the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament.
Christmas has come early for the Heels. This afternoon, top rated prospect Harrison Barnes selected UNC over Oklahoma, UCLA, Iowa State, Kansas and most notably, Duke. Landing Barnes makes Carolina’s Class of 2010 one of the best in the country. He will join PG Kendall Marshall and SG Reggie Bullock on a team that should undoubtedly challenge for the 2011 National Title.
Barnes announced his decision in an unusual fashion-Skyping Coach Williams to inform him of his intent to play for the Heels. I am rather impressed with Roy’s technical savvy. As Coach would say himself, he has had the same putter and wife for the past 30 years.
As for Duke, this is yet another blow to Coach K’s recruiting prowess. Roy has outmaneuvered Coach K for other prized recruits in the recent past (Brandan Wright), and Barnes’s decision solidifies Williams as the top recruiter (and coach) on Tobacco Road. All this should make for an interesting trip to Cameron for Mr. Barnes in February of 2011.
Now, time for a victory cigar.