Stillman White, Patrick Crouch, David Dupont(Grimsley High School), Stewart Cooper and Jackson Simmons……
Those were the five Tar Heels left behind on Saturday, when North Carolina lost by 33 points to Flordia State, down in Tallahassee…Coach Roy Williams intended for his entire team to follow him to the locker room and get out off of the court at FSU, before the Seminole fans stormed the court at the end of the game….But five Tar Heels stayed on and finished the contest and Coach Williams says he didn’t even realize that White, Crouch, Dupont(Grimsley HS), Cooper and Simmons had stuck around to end, until later on when he reviewed the game film…
Coach Williams was trying to protect his players and staff, but the ‘Five Tar Heels Left Behind’ did not retreat…..They stayed on and faced the bitter end…..Coach Williams has apologized to his men and he is ready to move on…..Has he done enough or should these young men, that stuck around and took one for the visiting team, be given more recognition for their noble efforts in the face of adversity?????
It may be to time to erect a special plaque outside the Smith Center, for the ‘Five Tar Heels Left Behind’…..They put their be-hinds on the line every day in practice and when the other Tar Heels walked away, they stayed on to finish ‘The Battle in Tallahassee…..These men fought the good fight and they should start the next game for the Tar Heels, to honor their work at the time when others would not be there for them…..And even though their other teammates were not there for them, the ‘Five Tar Heels Left Behind’ did not walk away…..Many feel that Coach Williams abandoned his ship as it was going down and left others to fend for themselves, as the ship was sinking….Fortunately there were five survivors and this story had an ending, maybe not a happy ending, but all of the team/crew was accounted for and they returned safely to Chapel Hill…..
Like the oceans off of the Florida coast, this is a very deep subject and what do you say today, after you have had time to reflect back upon what took place on Saturday? Was this a mutiny or just a formality that comes at the end of a blowout ballgame???(Many say the captain should never leave the ship, under any circumstances.)
Your thoughts as this event begins to settle down, or does it???
Again, we pay tribute to the ‘Five Tar Heels Left Behind” and you???
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