GLENDALE, Ariz. — On the eve of the Final Four last week, North Carolina Coach Roy Williams was asked whether he’d take his team to the White House if they should happen to win a national championship. He ducked the question, saying, “There’s nobody in this room who’s as dadgum superstitious as I am.”
But he promised he’d provide an answer in a few days. “If we’re still standing here, you can ask me and I’ll give you an honest answer,” Williams said last Friday.
And so Monday night, sure enough, the Tar Heels won the championship, the players celebrated and Williams sat behind a microphone at a news conference and must have known what was coming.
Williams still wasn’t yet ready to deliver a definitive answer.
“I probably screwed it up,” he said. “I should have told you let me think about it afterwards, because I wasn’t going to jinx myself.”
A visit, of course, would be interesting. During the ACC Tournament last month in Brooklyn, Williams told reporters: “You know, our president tweets out more bulls— than anybody I’ve ever seen.”
He wasn’t getting political on Monday night, but Williams did deliver a short history lesson. While Williams took the Tar Heels to visit President Obama at the White House in 2009, he reminded reporters that no invite was extended when they won it all in 2005. He didn’t want to be presumptuous, in other words, that the Trump White House would even ask the team to visit Washington.
“But, you know, the office of the presidency of the United States is the most fantastic place you can be,” he said. “But let me think on it.
“Again, I don’t know that we’re going to get invited. I really don’t. But I know one thing, we’re putting up a nice banner in the Smith Center that’s hard to get.”