“A party to make money”

The top-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels are coming to town, aiming for their third straight ACC title and 18th overall.

In preparing for the ACC tournament, coach Roy Williams has made one thing clear: he doesn’t want this weekend to hurt his team’s NCAA chances.

So point guard Ty Lawson, newly crowned ACC Player of the Year, might not play due to his jammed big toe.

Williams famously called the ACC tournament a “great cocktail party,” and he didn’t back down from that comment in a teleconference with reporters.

“I don’t care what anybody says — it’s a party to make money,” Williams said. “It’s the granddaddy of all tournaments. I loved it as a fan. I don’t love it as much as a coach with the attention that the other tournament gets and the emphasis that we try to put on it. We’ve won the ACC tournament the last two years in a row, and we didn’t win the NCAA tournament. Now, how do you think our fans feel about what we’ve done?

“I even had one publication last year [ask] if the season was a success or a failure. We go 36-3 and won the regular season and the ACC Tournament. So you tell me how important it is when somebody’s going to say that you’re 36-3 and win those things and then they ask if the season is a success or a failure.”

All major conferences have a postseason tournament now, so no NCAA title contender has extra time off.

Still, what do you think of Williams’ stance?

Now, some links….

ACC Commissioner John Swofford tackles a bunch of topics in this interview with the ACC Sports Journal.

Tigernet.com updates Clemson’s quarterback battle in spring practice.

Safety James Butler — who went undrafted out of Tech in 2004 despite back-to-back first-team All-ACC seasons — will sign a 4-year deal with the Rams that could be worth $17 million.

49 comments Add your comment

Road Scholar

March 11th, 2009
9:43 am

It sure is a cocktail party when you play close to your campus and bring your own referees! Don’t get me wrong. UNC is good. Tyler Hansbrough gets all the calls for him and none but the obvious against him. Ty Lawson can change a game in a second! But leave the referees with the Carolina Blue stripe shirts at home.

Keith in Midtown

March 11th, 2009
9:51 am

Hey Fellas, We are having a farewell to Keith Brooking party Friday night at Swinging Richards to those who are interested.

Keith in Midtown

March 11th, 2009
10:18 am

Also, I forgot the most important part… Go Dawgs. Jackets suck!

Keith in Midtown

March 11th, 2009
10:19 am

WE BEAT LSU…Y’ALL GOT CRUSHED BY THEM. THEREFORE UGA BEAT TECH!

GOOD LUCK NEXT YEAR NERDS!

Huh?

March 11th, 2009
10:33 am

Supersize that order, mutt

March 11th, 2009
10:44 am

And let’s not forget both men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and hockey. I would say so far for the 2008-2009 calendar year, Tech OWNS the clarke county chihuahuas.

doodoobailey

March 11th, 2009
10:56 am

please find a polo shirt that fits your sloppy a$$ coach…while your at it, please remind us of your nuevo riche status as percieved “winners” with your rings and chest thumping.

YOU HAVE NO SPORTS TRADITION…SELL OUT YOUR GAMES…GET SOME REAL WOMEN.

obvious

March 11th, 2009
12:04 pm

um keith, first off, Ga Tech did beat UGAy…therefore we beat UGAy. Secondly, UGAy lost to Ga Tech…therefore UGAy lost.
Thirdly, 45-42.
Lastly, didn’t your beloved Brooking play at Ga Tech???

hey doodoobailey

March 11th, 2009
12:05 pm

Please go worry about your own team. Why are you on a TECH blog? What’s the point of being here? Dawg blog not your scene? Go find a woman yourself lil’ guy. “SPORTS TRADITION”??? Ever hear of John Heisman, how bout 4 national championships? Freakin Mark Richt worshiping dawg lover quit talking trash. YOUR TEAM LOST THIS YEAR! What is there to say? Quit telling us to dress our coach in a polo. What a weird thing to say. Why do you care how MEN dress? This isn’t queer eye for the straight guy. THIS IS FOOTBALL. Why should he care how he looks. He can’t be as lucky as coach richt and spend 7 days a week in a tanning bed. He needs time to prepare to put up 409 rushing yards on UGAy. Change your screename and grow up 4 year old. Leave the trash talking alone…GROWN UPS ARE TALKING HERE..NOW RUN ALONG AND PUT YOUR WALMART DAWG SHIRT ON..DOUCHEBAG.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 11th, 2009
12:13 pm

Hey, obvious. I think Keith knows that Brooking went to Tech; that’s why he said there would be a going-away party at Swingin’ Richards, which (if you don’t know) is a gay strip club. That was apparently another slam on his part at Tech and Tech MEN. I don’t much think that Brooking would be going anywhere near Swingin’ Richards. Leave it to the mutts to take a swing at anything and everything related to Tech.

And as far as doodobailey (what an appropriate name for a mutt—doodoo!!), Tech has far more tradition than UGAG. Just because for the past several years Tech has been down, and UGAG for the most part fair, but sometimes good, does not mean you have tradition. It is and always has been and always will be the cesspool of the south. How’s that for tradition?

Zach

March 11th, 2009
12:32 pm

I’m going to start a real controversy and say that Williams argument validates what is RIGHT about the BCS. Tell me, is a team that goes 36-3 in the regular season, wins their conference title and stumbles in a SINGLE GAME in the playoffs better or worse than our 2004 squad who had a decent year, but made a hell-of-a run in the NCAA tournament? To assume that a playoff would better decide a national championship is to assume that the better team ALWAYS wins on the field, and that is clearly a terrible assumption. So yes, I’ll go on record and say that I like the BCS, even with all its controversy (I could go with a plus one, perhaps) because at very least teams are rewarded for the discipline to play well for the entire season, not just being “hot” for a string of games at the end of the year. In the NCAA tournament one 8 seed, two 6 seeds have won it all. In the case of the 8 seed, Villanova wasn’t even among the best 28 teams in the nation going into the tournament – but they must be the best team because they won 5 games in a row, right?!?

As for me, give me the BCS, maybe plus one, and I’ll be happy watching the greatest game around – college football.

wiley

March 11th, 2009
12:40 pm

Tradition??? lol

I believe 4>2

and 45>42

obvious

March 11th, 2009
12:51 pm

Supersize, making a joke about keith and gay clubs is just too easy

obvious

March 11th, 2009
12:53 pm

keith in midtown

Hey Keith in Midtown

March 11th, 2009
1:02 pm

I wonder if you would you ever say that to Keith Brooking’s face? Actually I’m 100% sure you wouldn’t. Considering you’d probably wind up in the hospital. Some scared little guy in his basement making comments about sexuality….hmmm…might be deeper meaning behind that. Mommy not nice to you? UGAy let you down this year? Look, we’re all very sorry your team LOST this year. Calm down already. Talking trash and calling people gay probably isn’t going to change the fact that 45-42 happened. Just deal with it. Go to the UGA blogs and b*tch about how much you hate tech. We get it. We get that you think UGA is the greatest team. WE GET THAT! Now take you little Georgia blanket and you bottle and go pout somewhere else little cry baby.

yurtle_the_turtle

March 11th, 2009
1:02 pm

Leave it to a UGA fan to know what “Swinging Richards’” is to begin with. Must be crowded with UGAy fans. Funny to hear UGAy fans crow about their football team. They suck in basketball, golf, tennis, and track and field. They haven’t won anything of significance in football in years and to hear them talk you think they have won 10 National Championships. I guess when your school sucks and anybody with one-quarter of a brain could qualify for the school, and you don’t produce academic scholars or leaders, all you get to crow about is an occasional football win. What pathetic losers.

techsucks

March 11th, 2009
1:06 pm

MY NAME SAYS IT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tech fan #1

March 11th, 2009
1:17 pm

I blog because it’s the only 4 letter word I am good at….I wish I could have gone to my high school prom.

tech fan #1

March 11th, 2009
1:19 pm

WAIT, WAIT, WAIT…I am good at one other 4 letter word….blow

CPJ for President 2012

March 11th, 2009
1:38 pm

doodoobailey, do you know where I can get one of the polos like CPJ wears? It would match my pocket protector nicely.

doodoobailey

March 11th, 2009
1:58 pm

A$$HOLES R US!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FYI, I do like the fact that Johnson did passes at his pro-day, seems like a nice young man. Maybe when you get better, you can have more that one first round pick each year.

oops! won’t happen with your “option” to suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

razerGT

March 11th, 2009
2:22 pm

Talking trash after getting beat in everything… only georgia fans are this bad.

ben

March 11th, 2009
2:24 pm

I went to Tech and now live in Texas. I don’t have to feel like I am at a junior high school name calling piss match every time I read a blog about the Rockets. Doesn’t anyone at the AJC realize you are running off all your mature readers by not policing and censoring your blods. The stuff you allowed some jackass to say to Shumpert’s uncle is sad. Come on AJC, make this into an adult blog, not a blog for 12 year old smartasses.

ben - dover

March 11th, 2009
2:53 pm

I guess you believed the old quote about only steers and qu@@rs coming from Texas – so you moved there…

Ben- Dover??

March 11th, 2009
3:07 pm

c’mon…bro…work on that material…as of right now…you’re about as funny as carrot top.

Hey TechSux

March 11th, 2009
3:10 pm

I’m guessing you’re a Georgia fan. How’d your team fare this year vs tech? They must have beat them for you to be on here talking trash right?

freakin idiot!

David P.

March 11th, 2009
3:13 pm

People that come on to sports blogs and talk about sex instead of hoops clearly aren’t getting any, gay or straight. LOSERS.

Hey, Larry … you got a first-round upset for us? I like NC State over Maryland … UVA playing better as well …

DP

Hey doodoo

March 11th, 2009
3:16 pm

We all get it dude….you love Georgia and Tech sux. That’s your opinion bro and I’m glad you seem real proud of it. “oops! won’t happen with your “option” to suck!!!!” Did our 409 rushing yards against UGA make you think the option sucks? Were you one of the many people that said it wouldn’t work. We won 9 games with new coaches, a new system, and 16 outta the 22 starters were freshmen and sophmores. You honestly think they won’t get better. C’mon man, you don’t have a leg to stand on here….they beat your dawgs THIS YEAR…what more is there to say. Little kid sh*t like “tell paul johnson to wear a polo”. What kinda gay crap is that? You tell him. Don’t sit and hide behind your computer all day and talk trash to a team that you LOST to. Go be a fan of your team and try to spend less time on a team that beat ya. Oh, gotta run…roddy jones just scored again.

Later Loser!

To All You UGA Fans that Join Us Daily -

March 11th, 2009
3:27 pm

YOU LOST THIS YEAR. WHAT MORE IS THERE TO SAY?

Supersize that order, mutt

March 11th, 2009
3:30 pm

RUN, RODDY, RUN!!! 45 -42

Terence (the d-bag) Moore

March 11th, 2009
3:31 pm

Freakin’ dorks have one good season and they act like they won a championship.

By the way, that was a great zinger about how people talking trash on a blog “clearly aren’t getting any” – I guess you’re typing your “expert analysis” while filming a porno. Sorry to intrude.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 11th, 2009
3:34 pm

The mutts act like they have won championships every year they have been in existence. The fact is that Tech has FOUR Nat’l championships to UGAG’s ONE. And before Tech left the SEC in the mid 60’s, the Jackets had more SEC championships than the mutts. Not that any of that matters now. The only thing tha matters now is FORTY-FIVE to FORTY-TWO !!!

doodoobailey

March 11th, 2009
3:37 pm

I am in all of your heads…hahahahah….I win. Now post something dramatic.

Terence (the d-bag) Moore

March 11th, 2009
3:44 pm

How will plans for next season ever get made if all the engineers are arguing back and forth with us and not scheming?

Hey Mutt Fans

March 11th, 2009
3:50 pm

All you jackass losers who keep bringin up gay jokes. How bout this for a couple swinging richards…that’s right folks – photo evidence…

Staffy cuddling Cox-

http://cache.deadspin.com/assets/resources/2007/05/StaffordAndCox.jpg

Can’t get much more gay than that…..you show me a photo of a tech player holding another and we’ll call it even. otherwise quit with the gay comments.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 11th, 2009
3:59 pm

How appropriate that two mutt fans would call themselves “doodoo” and “d-bag”. Dogs eat their own doodoo, don’t they?

doodoobailey

March 11th, 2009
3:59 pm

you’re not in our heads moron. your on OUR BLOG. we’re responding to your retarded comments. WHY ARE YOU ON A TECH BLOG? is it because you’re still mad about November? 1 important question to ask you…

Did you go to school at UGA?

or are you a band wagon poser like MOST Dawg fans?

doodoobailey and d-bad

March 11th, 2009
4:01 pm

I think it’s time you both took a knee with Mark Richt and just suck it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXzW-oP2mq4

Hey Mutt Fans

March 11th, 2009
4:02 pm

All you jackass losers who keep bringin up gay jokes. How bout this for a couple swinging richards…that’s right folks – photo evidence…

Staffy cuddling Cox-

http://cache.deadspin.com/assets/resources/2007/05/StaffordAndCox.jpg

Can’t get much more gay than that…..you show me a photo of a tech player holding another and we’ll call it even. otherwise quit with the gay comments.

doodoobailey

March 11th, 2009
4:12 pm

In all of your heads and you know it.

Simple Jack

March 11th, 2009
5:23 pm

I have a good brain and I love tech. They have the hotest girls on my bus to school. It only sits 12 and they are all my friends. Is there any more girls at tech? I have a good brain.

No Class

March 11th, 2009
10:32 pm

Now UGA folks are ripping on the handicapped. Not surprised there….way to go dude…you just sank below Carrot Top. Did 45-42 hurt that bad that you need to rip on the mentally challenged…wow…Paul Johnson really did ruin your year didnt he?

Mark Richt

March 11th, 2009
10:33 pm

Hey everybody…try my new tanning salon. It’s located in Athens and I’ve named it “Uga loves JESUS”. See yall there!

Mark Richt

March 11th, 2009
10:34 pm

let’s all take a knee…they’re making us look silly out there…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXzW-oP2mq4

How bout them Hawks?

March 11th, 2009
11:04 pm

One thing all us immature bickering UGA and Tech fans must take notice of. Just ended the Jazz 12 game winning streak. Gotta love it. Basketball is back in ATLANTA!

make money

March 12th, 2009
6:51 am

If your team lost , then accept it .

make money

thanks "make money"

March 12th, 2009
9:33 am

as if we’re not surrounded by enough commercials daily. we all really appreciate you bringing commercials to the blogs now. jackass! you are good with numbers right? guess how many people will try your product…
ZERO!

Boston Williams

March 12th, 2009
12:52 pm

I guess God ain’t a tarheel after all. He only gave them near home-court advantage and biased refs. If he actually were a tarheel, would he not have given them good coaches and more all-American players over the years than all the teams in the SEC combined!

skeeter

March 14th, 2009
1:19 pm

This is the most juvenile thread I’ve ever seen. I feeler dumber just having skimmed a fraction of these comments