How’s the team dealing with the multiple health concerns?
“Not real well right now. James Michael (McAdoo) was able to practice about half of practice [on Monday]. I would expect him to play. Desmond (Hubert), same thing, about half of practice. He didn’t feel great at the end. He was worn out but unless something changes I would expect him to play. I really don’t see how P.J. can play. The bad thing is that yesterday at practice I got very enthused. He was out early shooting the ball. He went through some shooting drills. He didn’t have any headaches. The plan at that time was they were going to give him the last concussion test this afternoon. And if things went well and they thought it would go well then they would release him to practice some [on Monday] and he’d be able to play [Tuesday] night.
"Well, [Sunday night] he didn’t feel very well. He went to bed and woke up at about 2 o’clock in the morning and it was not good. He ended up throwing up about half the morning and he went to the hospital and they give him three units of IV to try to get him back where he could walk around a little bit. He did come down to practice and sat there and watched us. They’re going to give him that last concussion test tomorrow just to see.
"I really don’t see how he can play. I’ve got a rule that you need to be able to practice the day before in order to play but I’m the frickin’ head coach and I can change my rules around. He did practice yesterday and did some things that really surprised us a little bit. I just really don’t see how he’s going to be able to do it myself.”
Thoughts on Marcus Paige’s breakout game against Virginia Tech:
“You’ve heard me say ever since the season started that the young man can really shoot the basketball and he just hasn’t done it in games. A lot of it is because being a freshman, just having so many things thrown at him. The different level of competition, the different level of the athlete, but he’s a tough little kid. He’s 160 pounds with rocks in his pockets but he’s about as tough mentally and physically as any 160-pound kid I’ve ever known. He’s coachable as all get out. He’s just going to get better and better for us.
“His mom and dad are the greatest. His mom is tough as nails. I wish every parent would take after his mother. C.B. (McGrath) sent his mom a text saying finally the boy showed up. She sent a text back saying, ‘Finally, it’s about time. I don’t know what he was thinking about driving the baseline and jumping up in the air trying to make a stupid play like that. I’d cuss him on television, thrown things at him, etc.’ She just went off on the boy. Usually it’s always the coach’s fault or something like that but mom was tough on him. I made C.B. give me a copy of it and showed it to Wanda (Williams). She thought it was pretty cool too. He gets that toughness from mom.”
Thoughts on Leslie McDonald’s performance in his first game back:
“I thought Leslie was effective for us defensively. He had a positive grade on the defensive end of the floor. He hadn’t played in six games and I was afraid he’d probably have a little jitters kind of thing every time he shot the ball but they closed on him pretty well too. It’s not always about our team making shots. You have to give the other team credit.”
Update on health and ability to do all facets of Williams’s routine since surgery:
“In September I had the surgery so I got away from the work-outs. Now I’ve been back where I can work out as much as I want to work out basically. I’m still not quite where I’d like to be. I went through that three or four week stretch with the head cold and the vertigo crap, but other than that, I’m a fine physical specimen right now.”
Home teams are 35-13 in ACC play this season. What do you think is the reasoning for the major discrepancy this season?
“I hope it lasts another night. I think that you’re more comfortable at home. You don’t travel and do all those kind of things. The enthusiasm the crowd has really helps you and in some instances hurts the other team. I’ve always talked about I love for my teams to play on the road to make them be quiet and shut them up. I think that’s a great thrill. But also I like to protect home turf and that’s what we need to keep doing as well.”