Roy Williams puts salt in his orange juice.

No, that’s not some outrageous claim from a Duke fan’s sign featured on ESPN’s College Gameday—this oddity came straight from the North Carolina men’s basketball coach’s mouth.

“You ever tried it? You should,” Williams said in a press conference.

No thank you, Roy.

Trust me, I’m all for that coveted salty and sweet combo. Chocolate-covered pretzels are an absolute godsend, and don’t get me started on the deliciousness that is latkes and applesauce. But this is the work of an absolute madman: if Williams is willing to tarnish perfectly good orange juice with salt, what’s next? Putting powdered sugar on filet mignon? Burying his star freshman Nassir Little on the bench? Wait…

In case you weren’t outraged already by this act—and if you aren’t, you may also need to re-evaluate your food preferences—Williams also puts salt on his watermelon.


“I was five or six years old, and I liked salt,” Williams said. “My dad had a drink with orange juice, and I put [salt] in his—he might have had something else in his, but I was only five or six years old—but then he put [salt] in mine, and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

If you thought Coach K had his quirks, like his nasally voice or his vampire-like aging, just be happy that he does not attempt to reinvent the most lovely of juices.