The college basketball world is still reeling from Thursday’s bombshell report by Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel, but North Carolina coach Roy Williams is not fazed.
Williams stated Friday that he felt “very comfortable” with his standing despite Thamel’s suggestion that a swath of potential NCAA rules violations could be on the horizon in the wake of three federal basketball corruption cases.
Roy Williams on the recent Yahoo report: "I feel very comfortable."
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“This goes a lot deeper in college basketball than four corrupt assistant coaches,” a source who had been briefed on the details of the case told Thamel. “When this all comes out, Hall of Fame coaches should be scared, lottery picks won’t be eligible to play and almost half of the 16 teams the NCAA showed on its initial NCAA tournament show this weekend should worry about their appearance being vacated.”
Williams and North Carolina certainly fit those criteria.
In his 30th year of coaching between his stints will Kansas and UNC, Williams has amassed 836 wins — one of only 24 coaches in the history of men’s college basketball to win more than 800 games — and has reached the NCAA tournament 27 times, including nine Final Four appearances and three national championships. That resume is certainly deserving of a spot in the Hall of Fame.
The Tar Heels were selected as a No. 3 seed in the West Region and the No. 12 team in the country by the NCAA Selection Committee in their Top 16 bracket reveal on Sunday.
Williams is confident that his program has done no wrong, and when, or if, these penalties come from the NCAA, UNC will avoid punishment.
That may be true, or it could be foolish pride. Only time will tell.
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