North Carolina coach Roy Williams called University of Maryland president Wallace Loh a "double idiot" for a recent comment made about the Tar Heels' academic scandal.
Speaking last week at a university function, Loh said he expected the NCAA would use its so-called "death penalty" on UNC's athletic department as punishment for a lengthy investigation into academic fraud allegations.
"There has been a lot of junk, and people have questioned my integrity," Williams said Wednesday on SiriusXM Radio."Even since we won [the 2017 national championship], people have come out and said some things without information. They've just gone by what somebody else has said, and I knowwhat has been done. I know what the facts are. It's been really hurtful. Some people in the media that I never thought would go out and say some things without having all the information
"And then we have a president that says we should get the death penalty, apresident of another university, and to me that’s just so silly. A guy told me one time that if you got a little knowledge, it turns you into an idiot, but no knowledge, you’re a double idiot. That’s about the way I look at that thing."
The NCAA's investigation is ongoing after being reopened in 2014. The probe encompasses multiple sports, including football and men's basketball in which the Tar Heels won the national title earlier this month.
Loh's comment was in response to a question about corruption in college athletics.
“As president, I sit over a number of dormant volcanoes,” Loh said at an on-campus meeting last week (via the News & Observer). “One of them is an athletic scandal. It blows up, it blows up the university, its reputation, it blows up the president.
“For the things that happened in North Carolina, it’s abysmal. I would think that this would lead to the implementation of the death penalty by the NCAA. But I’m not in charge of that.”