CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina coach Roy Williams says he has apologized to the five players left on the court when the rest of the team headed to the locker room early in the final seconds of a loss at Florida State.
On his radio show Monday night, Williams said he didn't realize the reserves -- including three walk-ons -- stayed behind with 14.2 seconds left in Saturday's 33-point loss until watching the game film. Williams says it was "a mistake" and a "miscommunication."
Team spokesman Steve Kirschner says Williams intended to pull the entire team with FSU coach Leonard Hamilton's blessing and end the game early before fans stormed the court. Instead, assistant coach C.B. McGrath, strength coach Jonas Sahratian and a few managers stayed behind with the reserves.