Manage episode 359571688 series 3432510
When North Carolina head basketball coach Roy Williams retired on April 1st, 2021, with the third most victories in NCAA history, three NCAA Championships, and nine Final Four trips, he described his career as “OK.” Williams should’ve used a thesaurus when he retired because he did a little more than “OK” in his 33 years as a head coach. Ol’ Roy constantly undersold his savvy and leadership. It’s worth noting Williams’ place in North Carolina history, and that of college basketball. 99.9FM The Fan’s Joe Giglio and Joe Ovies sat down with that dadgum legend in order to tell his story with his own insight in a way only he could tell it. So how did Williams end up going from cut from the UNC varsity squad to title winning coach? Like with all college basketball stories, it began with recruiting. However, in this case, it was Dean Smith trusting an intramural official to help the Tar Heels program catch up on Tobacco Road. Originally published October 2021.