It was news that shocked the UNC Basketball program as well as the game of college basketball on Thursday, as head coach Roy Williams announced his retirement from the game after 33 years.
The head coach spent 18 seasons at North Carolina following a 15-year run at Kansas. He took over the UNC program at an important time, with the program struggling under Matt Doherty and quickly turned it back into what it’s known for as a Blue Blood program. Williams won three national championships and made five Final Fours during his time at UNC, ending his career with over 900 wins.
Williams was also able to participate in the greatest rivalry in college sports too with Duke and North Carolina, enjoying several moments over the years.
While the news shocked UNC fans, the program’s hated rival Duke was also shocked as some Blue Devils chimed in on the retirement with words:
Those are some kind words from rivals that respect what Roy has done not only for the Tar Heels’ program but for college basketball in general. His impact on the game will certainly last forever and it will be odd not seeing him on the sidelines next season.
The Duke and UNC rivalry will go on again next season and it’s impossible to tell what direction it will lean. But it is nice knowing that Roy did go out after a regular-season sweep against the Blue Devils and kissing the court in a regular-season finale win.
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