Roy Williams Tie Tracker: Clemson


One thing all UNC fans have come to know, love and expect of Roy Williams is his fashionable selection of ties, most often courtesy of Chapel Hill outfitter Alexander Julian. The same man who put the argyle on the side of the basketball uniform is still turning heads with what he’s putting around Ol’ Roy’s neck. So, here at The Rafters we decided to pay homage to the best accesory in college hoops, if not the entire sporting world, and document every tie Roy Williams wears this season.

Oh FedExKinkos, how I loathe thee.

I am not one to question Roy Williams’ choices. I am a follower in the teachings of Dean Smith and know Roy has a sound head on his shoulders. Never will I plead to Roy’s image on my television to take a timeout when things are getting out of hand. Never will I run plays back over in my mind and condemn the coach for not doing something else.

One thing I will admonish him for, however, and never thought I’d have to, is wearing that tie again.

I would think many of you are familiar with this tie that has been disaffectionately referred to as FedExKinkos because of its unfortunate color scheme when he first wore it during the 2008 Final Four game against Kansas. If any of you are also familiar with Roy’s autobiography, then you should also know that Roy throws away ties he has lost games in.

You can imagine my dismay when I saw what Roy chose to wear last night.

Above is a picture of said Final Four game. A game the Heels similarly imploded in during the first half as they did last night. When a friend of mine texted me at the start of the game when the Heels were already sinking like the Edmond Fitzgerald (too soon?) to make sure I saw the dubious tie, my response, verbatim, was this:

“I think it’s the ’08 Final Four tie. That’s why it’s bad luck.”

Bad luck indeed. The Boys had more turnovers and were blown out by the largest margin of any team at UNC under the Williams Era. As the players themselves said before the game discussing an unrelated matter, coincidence? I think not.

There is a direct correlation between Roy’s adorning of that neck piece and the disastrous series of events that unfolded over two hours last night.

The next question to myself – prompted by another friend’s text, also regarding Roy’s biography tidbit – is: can Roy wear the same tie design after a loss if the physical tie is different?

That, I do not know. The N&O’s Robbi Pickeral has also tried to dissect this problem that was run into last night and brought up that maybe the tie from ’08 was a shade darker, offering a nice comparison shot as well.

Personally, I think it’s only the lighting. Maybe a small switch in fabric or hue once the tie made it onto Julian’s shelf. Regardless, I never want to see this tie again. Ever. It only hearkens back to two of my worst UNC related memories.

My plea to Roy: you must, please, fully retire the FedExKinkos tie. Even FedEx has moved on and since changed their name to FedEx Office. I can only hope that for the sake of your team, university and millions of Tar Heels worldwide, you incinerate, shred or pull apart that tie fiber by fiber until it is indistinguishable and thus unable to reflect poorly upon the play of your Boys.

Sincerely,

Bennett W. Wineka, UNC ’10

Here’s this years stats:

Game 1: Florida International, W 88-72 – Small paisley in aqua and dark blue with pocket square

Game 2: North Carolina Central, W 89-42 – Large paisley in Carolina and navy blue and gold with pocket square

Game 3: Valparaiso, W 88-77 – Large paisley-ish in gold, navy, brown and Carolina with pocket square

Game 4: Ohio State, W 77-73 – Diagonal white stripes over light blue back with pocket square

Game 5: Syracuse, L 87-71 – Large paisley in Carolina and navy blue with pocket square

Game 6: Gardner-Webb, W 93-72 – Blue and white dotted with pocket square

Game 7: Nevada, W 80-73 – Carolina blue and white diagonal stripes with no jacket or pocket square, removed tie in first half, black arm sling

Game 8: Michigan State, W 89-82 – No tie, Carolina blue plaid shirt with no jacket or pocket square, black arm sling, AIDs ribbon

Game 9: Kentucky, L 68-66 – No tie, white shirt with no jacket, pre-game pinstriped jacket with pocket square, black arm sling

Game 10: Presbyterian, W 103-64 – No tie, white shirt with no jacket or pocket square, Old Well emblem on pocket, arm sling with Carolina blue patterned cover

Game 11: Texas, L 103-90 – No tie, white shirt with no jacket or pocket square, arm sling with Carolina blue patterned cover

Game 12: Marshall, W 98-61 – No tie, Carolina blue plaid shirt with no jacket or pocket square, arm sling with Carolina blue patterned cover

Game 13: Rutgers, W 81-67 – No tie, white shirt with no jacket or pocket square, Old Well logo on pocket, arm sling with Carolina blue patterned cover

Game 14: Albany, W 87-70 – No tie, black longsleeve shirt with no jacket or pocket square, arm sling with Carolina blue patterned cover

Game 15: College of Charleston, L 82-79 – No tie, white longsleeve shirt with no jacket or pocket square, NC logo on sleeve, blue sweater with white diamond pattern, arm sling with Carolina blue patterned cover

Game 16: Virginia Tech, W 78-64 – Carolina blue tie with pocket square, Carolina blue striped shirt with pinstriped suit

Game 17: Clemson, L 83-64 – FedExKinkos tie with unmatching pocket square, white shirt with pinstriped suit

[Some photos by N&O’s Robert Willett and InsideCarolina’s Jim Hawkins]

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