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Thursday, August 9th, 2012 at 9:05 am  |  18 responses

Roy Williams, Rick Barnes Voted ‘Most Overrated’ Coaches In NCAA


CBSSports.com recently surveyed nearly 100 college coaches, getting their thoughts on some of college basketball’s current issues. One question asked was, “Who is the most overrated coach in the country?”

The coaches spoke—anonymously, of course—and North Carolina’s Roy Williams took home the crown, receiving 23 percent of the vote, followed by Texas’ Rick Barnes, who received 17 percent of the vote.

Here is the complete breakdown of the poll, followed by some quotes, all courtesy of CBSSports.com:

1. Roy Williams (North Carolina): 23 percent

2. Rick Barnes (Texas): 17 percent

3. Scott Drew (Baylor): 11 percent

4. Steve Lavin (St. John’s): 9 percent

5. Jay Wright (Villanova): 6 percent

6. Ben Howland (UCLA): 6 percent

7. Jim Boeheim (Syracuse): 4 percent

8. Tommy Amaker (Harvard): 4 percent

On Roy Williams: “He’s won at Kansas and UNC. But who couldn’t do that … besides Matt Doherty?”

On Rick Barnes: “There’s just no bang for the buck, is there? All that talent, so much in there every year — and nothing to show for it.”

On Scott Drew: “If Bill Self had his talent the past three years, they’re winning the national championship at least once.”

On Jay Wright: “I’ll tell you this about Villanova and Jay Wright. In all our prep over the years, he’s the only coach we never prepared a scouting report for.”

On Ben Howland: “Just watch what they do next year. They’re gonna win because they’ve got all that talent. But when has he won without it?”

On Tommy Amaker: “He had his shot against the big boys [at Michigan] and couldn’t get anything done. And now he’s a good coach? Because he won the Ivy League with way better players than everybody else? Come on.”

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  • Lp

    Been saying Roy was overrated… It’s true.

  • miagus23

    most of the arguments on here suggest that each of these “overrated” coaches are “overrated” because they’ve had good star caliber players on their teams, thus winning championships with them but not because of the coaching. In that case John Calipari and Mike K have been horribly overrated…

  • Heals

    Sniper fire in the house…

  • Zack

    Everyone’s a critic.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Those who cry about other coaches only winning due to talent alone only do so because they don’t have any.

  • miagus23

    @T-Ray AMEN!

  • http://www.stillonthebench.blogspot.com TR

    Its always the big names htat end up on these lists. Derek Jeter or A-Rod is called the most overrated baseball player every year and they are 2 of the best. Just how it is.

  • New Money

    so roy williams is overrated 4 building UNC back to a perenial powerhouse but calipari isnt for jumping from power program to power program with questionable recruiting at every stop?

  • P

    The poll was based on the ability to coach alone, as in purely X’s and O’s.

  • T-Money

    Merci! En effet, la maison est superbe. À 750 m du métro Concorde, ça va être vraiment bien pour toi pour le boulot et les courses. On pourra également passer te voir la semaine.

  • http://www.nba.com/knicks danpowers

    overrated is one of the most stupid words in sports. so is this poll

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    This is a very interesting article. Some of it sounds like shade but most of it is eye-opening, and hilarious.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Been saying this since in Kansas days, he is so overrated!!!

  • bike

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  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    It sounds like there are some salty coaches in the NCAA

  • hillbilly

    UNC had better get some towels ready. Ol’ Roy’s gonna cry his eyes out when he hears about this.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    “I don’t give a shtt about north carolina”

  • http://barnessucks.blogspot.com Billy B.

    Rick Barnes is not overrated, Rick Barnes Sucks. barnessucks.blogspot.com

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