Roy Williams Hall of Fame Press Conference

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- Roy Williams returned from Atlanta on Monday afternoon after being announced as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2007. Read and listen to what the UNC coach had to say ...

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Part I (8:19)
Part II (8:10)
Part III (8:45)

What does this mean to you?

"... It's the newness of it that it hasn't really sunk in yet. I guess that's the best way to put it. Still hurting so badly over the Georgetown game and everybody thinks I'm crazy but if one more shot had gone in I'd have waited eagerly for this kind of thing to happen, but I don't mean to say that to belittle this by any means -- it's just I wanted one more shot to go in so we'd be still playing in Atlanta.

"It's mindboggling to me. ... When I got the call I was almost speechless. I knew I was going to get the call on Wednesday and I'd already gone through in mind what I was going to say when he told me I didn't make it. ... When he said I had been elected it was a real shock and for the first time in my life I can remember Roy Williams being speechless. ... "

You're in there now with Dean Smith, and that must make it pretty special, too ...

"It does. I've said many times that Coach Smith and I shouldn't be in the same paragraph. I'm not trying to be humble - I really believe that. I do hope that the kids stay as hungry as I'm going to stay and we can enjoy more seasons. ..."

During your early coaching days, how far away was something like this on your horizon?

"It was unimaginable. No question about it. The last three years I was Coach's assistant, I was fortunate enough to make a decision to stay rather than be a head coach because I loved it here. I would have been very happy being Coach Smith's assistant for the rest of my life. But deep down or way in the back of your head there's the thought wondering if I could do it as a head coach ... but I almost pulled out of the Kansas job because of my feelings for North Carolina, but there was that thought that I'd like to see if I could do this as a head coach. ... This is something that comes with having great players and a great staff that carried me along."

Talk about the feelings you have for what you've achieved at both -

"I got a question today that I know some people will be mad about, but it's truly the way I feel. I was asked, 'If this was baseball, what would be on the front of the hat?' And I said 'Tar-Hawk.' ... I feel very blessed to have worked in both places ..."

What if anything did you learn from this season that you'll take from this season to become an even better Hall of Fame coach?

"... I want to keep coaching, I want to keep getting better. I know that I'm going to work at it and I know I'm going to stay hungry ... if anything I'm going to get even more hungry because I know there was something left in the tank for this year's team and that bothers me as a coach - but also those that voted for me, I feel I owe it to them and don't want to make them look bad."

Have you spoken to your underclassmen - Brandan, Tyler and Ty - yet about their NBA decisions?

"I have had some meetings with about half of our team and will continue to have them the rest of this week. In fact I'm having a meeting with everybody tonight at 7 p.m. to make sure these kids understand that this [award] is a part of them. If I could call every player that's ever played for me I'd call them ... But we'll go back to all the personal stuff later this week and next week."

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