Larry Drew II's departure from North Carolina is troubling. And it has nothing to do with North Carolina being North Carolina. It would be troubling if Drew II were leaving Maryland, Charlotte, Davidson, Johnson C. Smith or Gardner-Webb.
Drew, a junior point guard who had lost his starting job, is the son of Atlanta Hawks' coach Larry Drew Sr. It was the senior Drew who called North Carolina coach Roy Williams Friday morning.
Between calls from fathers and call-in radio shows maybe Williams ought to stay away from the telephone.
Drew Sr. didn't negotiate, Williams says. Drew Sr. said his kid, who had been playing well for a team that was playing better than it had all season, was gone. Clean and neat. He's out of here.
What's trouble is this: Everybody, at some point, wants to quit, and the younger you are the more likely you are to do it. When you're young, the thing that happened last is the thing that's the most important.
This is what adults are for. They offer perspective. Don't decide now. Step away from it. Come back to it later. It won't seem as important then.
We don't know the circumstances behind the Drews' decision. We know only that Drew II apparently acquires no further eligibility by leaving in February than he would have if he had finished the season.
We also know that Drew II, like the rest of us, will be tempted to quit again. Leaving your coach and your team, and your teammates hanging, sets a dangerous precedent.