The University of North Carolina and head men’s basketball coach Roy Williams have agreed to a contract extension that will keep the Hall of Famer in Chapel Hill through 2020.
The official Twitter for ESPN’s Sportscenter reported the agreement.
This extension has occurred in spite of the fact that UNC has currently been charged with five major allegations by the NCAA, all related to academic fraud, and the investigation was going on throughout this past season. Williams and the Tar Heels managed to play well and not let the distractions keep them down, ultimately finishing 26-12 (11-7 ACC), ranking second in the nation in rebounding and making the NCAA Tournament as a No. 4 seed.
There, despite an excellent effort, the team lost to No. 1 Wisconsin in the Sweet Sixteen.
Simply put, the deal is a testament to how much faith the university has in Williams to weather the team through the oncoming storm and emerge from it practically unscathed. Just what sanctions, if any at all, will be levied against UNC remain to be seen, but there is no better man than Williams that can keep the team competitive in the face of it all.
A former assistant to Hall of Fame UNC coach Dean Smith, Williams has gone 332-101 (141-57 ACC) since assuming head coaching duties for the Tar Heels in 2003 and has won two national titles on top of bringing the team to the Final Four a total of three times and won three ACC championships.
For his career, having also coached Kansas, Williams owns a record of 750-202.
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