Even as the NCAA cracks down on alleged violations, the University of North Carolina is standing by its man. Per a report from Greg Barnes of Scout.com, the school and Hall of Fame men’s basketball coach Roy Williams are finalizing a contract extension. Terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed.
Williams, 64, was interviewed by the NCAA about the allegations against UNC late last year, but has not been named in them. His last extension came in 2011 and his base salary through 2018 is set to be just shy of $334,000, plus supplemental income from the university ranging between $1.3-1.6 million.
Needless to say, Williams is beyond deserving of an extension. This past season, as rumors of academic fraud polluted UNC’s reputation, he still managed to guide the Tar Heels to a record of 26-12 (11-7 ACC) and a strong performance in the Sweet Sixteen, where the team nearly defeated eventual finalist Wisconsin. UNC also ranked second in the nation in rebounding and assists.
It was just another fine season under Williams’ watch, his 12th in Chapel Hill. During his tenure, the team has gone 332-101 (141-57 ACC) and won two national championships. Williams has also led the Tar Heels to the big dance in all but one of his seasons as head coach.
Just what consequences UNC will face remain to be seen, but one thing is certain.
The university trusts Williams to weather the storm and keep the Tar Heels as a regular championship contender, no matter what the circumstances. If anything, this extension will only motivate him further.
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