UNC Basketball: Roy Williams Leaving the Tar Heels? Not Yet!

The rumor of Roy Williams retiring was quickly shot down by the UNC coach himself

North Carolina Tar Heels’ head coach Roy Williams spoke to ESPN earlier today regarding the rumor of him retiring after the season. He stated that he has no plans to step down from his position as head coach for the Tar Heels. His exact quote reads as follows via ESPN:

“I don’t ever want to leave when things … When I leave, I want it to be in good shape,” Williams told reporters during his weekly news conference Tuesday. “And for me, this would have been a very hard time to leave.”

Williams repeated his stance that he has no desire to leave UNC’s basketball program anytime soon. Amidst speculation that assistant coach Hubert Davis would replace him at the end of the season, Williams replied to Gottlieb’s report:

“You have no frickin’ idea what you’re talking about.

Think about what we’ve had to do the last three or four years here. We’ve had to put up with more stuff — more negative recruiting — than at any time in my career or at any time in any other coach’s career that I ever talked to.

So I’m thinking, that’s just something else that now we’ve got to answer to.”

The uncertainty of the NCAA investigation looming over UNC’s basketball program has had a significant. Initially Duke’s Brandon Ingram was leaning towards attending North Carolina, but he changed his mind and became a Blue Devil. Carolina has missed out on other big-time recruits, as well.

Feb 6, 2016; South Bend, IN, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams talks to his players during a time out in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame won 80-76. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 6, 2016; South Bend, IN, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams talks to his players during a time out in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame won 80-76. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Based on William’s quotes, he wants to make sure the North Carolina’s basketball program rests in good standing when he steps down as head coach. Williams has spent over 20 years coaching at Carolina as an assistant coach (1978-1988) and head coach (2003-present).

In addition, the University of North Carolina is William’s alma mater. While attending UNC, Williams, allegedly Williams studied Dean Smith’s coaching from the bleachers and took notes. He served as a volunteer at Smith’s basketball camps and kept statistics at home basketball games. As an assistant coach, Williams played a significant role in recruiting Michael Jordan.

When you consider these things, walking away from the North Carolina Tar Heels is a huge step to take for Williams. He has spent a great deal of his life, literally most of his life, working for the university in some capacity.

Roy Williams will step down when the time is right. Evidently, now is not the time for him to move on. Williams comes from humbling beginnings. He earned his position as UNC’s head coach through determination and a hard work ethic. Based on his life and career, it is safe to say that Williams truly bleeds Carolina blue.