"He told us, he's going to demand us to play hard. He said it in such a way that it was very sincere. It's no joking matter. If you don't, you're not going to play. We have how many people on our team? Six- teen? Fifteen? All of us want to play, so all ofus are going to play hard. I don't think. that's going to be a problem." A bit more trepidation greets the change in temperament at the helm.
(He has a passion)
he has an intensity.
e is a peifectionist
and very driven) and
I think those qualities
are more prevalent in
his personality than
anything else. He laughs)
he loves his family,
but he wants to win.)
Roy WILLIAMS ' 72
"It's definitely opposite," Capel says.
"Coach Gut wasn't really laid back, he just
wasn't as boisterous with his approach. But
Coach Doherty, he's yowlg. He's 38. He's
obviously more energetic, has a lot more
energy. He's the in-your-face type. I guess
it's tough love. Maybe that's what this
"I think Coach Gut did a great job,
but it's going to be tough for us at first to
get used to such a different personality.
But I think. in the long run it's going to
help this team a lot."
Senior Brendan Haywood sounds much
the same theme.
"It's definitely going to be different at
first," Haywood said. "You go from a laid-
back coach, who got feisty when he had
to, to a coach who's going to be after you
all the time. It's going to be different, but it's
going to benefit us. It can't help but benefit
us if it makes us play harder, play better."
Far more disturbing from a player per-
spective is the program's unsettled air, from
the repeated turnover in head coaches to
the dismissal of assistants Phil Ford ' 78,
Dave Hanners ' 76 and Pat Sullivan ' 95, all
of whom remain on the Carolina payroll.
(While a welcome sign of independence
and loyalty on Doherty's part, the decision
to bring his entire staff from Notre Dame
unquestionably created hard feelings
within the UNC fan1ily.)
"It's a nightmare," Capel, whose father
is head coach at Old Dominion, said of the
coaching turmoil."The day after I signed
my letter ofintent, I get a call from Coach
Smith saying he's retiring. That was bad
enough, but I still came here. I got close
to Coach Guthridge and the whole staff,
and to see all of them leave at the same
time and the way it happened, was terrible.
"Coach Ford recruited me. Coach
Hanners has done a lot for me, and I grew
up watching Pat. It was just tough the
way it happened, but I know the business.
I know that's how it goes."
Capel says players were in the dark
throughout the hiring process, learning hum
the media and Internet when Williams
, turned down the job as Guthridge's
Getting that bit ofnews wasn't a high
point for Baddour, either. "I was a little bit
speechless," the AD says of Williams' sur-
prise rejection, phoned in from Kansas."I
was numb. I was nervous. Took a deep
breath. Got my bearings, walked out the
door, and said, 'Let's go.'"
Players remained in the dark even after
the selection of Doherty, the candidate most
aggressive in seeking the job. Haywood, for
instance, knew little about his new coach.
"Just that he coached under Roy Willianls.
Has a good understanding of the program.
Played here with Michael Jordan. He had
a good year at Notre Dame. That's it."
The 20-year-old was genuinely taken
aback when asked whether he'd ever seen
Doherty play. "Hell, no!" he blurted.
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