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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Another chapter of ‘Hard Work’ for Roy Williams

By Robbi Pickeral

Algonquin Books considered publishing the paperback version of North Carolina coach Roy Williams’ autobiography in 2010, a year after the hardback became a New York Times bestseller. But it seems fitting, now, that the publisher waited one extra season, because the new “afterword” does better justice to the book’s title: “Hard Work.”

In a new 30-page chapter, written with former Sports Illustrated writer Tim Crothers and released as part of the paperback last month, Williams gives his analysis of 17-loss 2009-10 year, which he calls “the worst season I’ve ever been involved with.”

Roy Williams
Roy Williams' book has a new chapter.
Then he writes about last year’s team, which battled through losing four players to transfer and suspension and advanced to the Elite Eight -- and which, Williams wrote, “renewed my faith in my coaching and my love for being a coach.”

“When the 2010 season ended, his first reaction was ‘I’m going to analyze everything I’ve done, everything that went wrong, and keep grinding and figure out what we need to do to fix this,’” Crothers said. “It really was the Roy Williams that he had portrayed in the regular text in the book … we saw that everything he preached in regular book is what he used to pull himself out of the hole that had been created in 2010. He’s a grinder, and I don’t think he really knows any other way than to try to figure out a way. And I think we’ve seen that.”

Some highlights from the new chapter:
But he never considered giving up -- and just worked harder.

“The previous season had been a battle every day,’’ he wrote. “I had never thought about quitting. I had never thought that I couldn’t coach anymore. But if we had endured another season in 2011 when I couldn’t get the kids to do what I wanted them to do, I’m not sure what I would’ve done. The 2011 team renewed my enthusiasm, renewed my confidence, renewed my faith in my coaching and my love for being a coach. They renewed my belief that we were trying to do was right.”