banner
Caulton Tudor

Roy likely to stay this time, but who's next for Heels?

Posted May 7, 2014

Roy Williams' sideline passion may contribute to an earlier retirement than some of his peers.

At age 63, Roy Williams is a long shot to make the basketball coaching jump from the University of North Carolina to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Williams had opportunities to coach in the NBA as a younger man, and at a time when Lakers were looking and had a roster top heavy with talent and experience.

This is not that team. After a 27-55 finish this season and with Kobe Bryant, 35, past his prime, the next Lakers’ coach faces a dim near future at the best.

For Williams, that prospect would be torture. In 26 years as a college coach, his worst records have been 19-12 at Kansas in his first year (1988-89), 19-11 in his first season at UNC (2003-04) and 20-17 in 2009-10.

But while there’s every reason to believe Williams will stay in Chapel Hill, the developments this week with the Lakers are the latest reminder that at some point in the relatively near future, Williams no longer will be Carolina’s coach.

Barring something strange, Williams probably could coach another seven or eight years if he chooses. Dean Smith retired at age 66 after reaching a Final Four and later said he probably should have stayed on another two or three seasons. In fact, Smith said as much to Williams.

However, there’s a big psychological difference between Smith at age 63 and Williams at 63. Smith could better suppress internal stress and frustrations with external forces beyond his control.

Williams dwells closer to the ground, often wearing his heart – and sometimes his temper – on his sleeve. He clearly takes losses much harder and more personally than his mentor, probably because Williams had a far more trying childhood than Smith. Williams has had to work longer and fight harder to make it big than the majority of his successful contemporaries.

It’s not much of a stretch to say that Williams really does die a little bit with each loss, meaning he could wear out quicker as a coach than most.

AD alone won’t make decision

When the time does come that Williams retires, Carolina’s leaders without question will face their most daunting and important athletic personnel call ever. It will nothing like the natural transition from Smith to Bill Guthridge and eventually from Matt Doherty to Williams.

Beyond Roy, there’s not a clearly marked coaching road sign. There are three “Carolina men” on the staff – Hubert Davis, Brad Frederick and Eric Hoots – but it’s unlikely any would be seriously considered if athletic director Bubba Cunningham would have to a launch a search for another coach during the next four years.

East Carolina’s Jeff Lebo, 47, would get a look. So might Wes Miller, 31, currently coaching at UNC-Greensboro.

But for now, there’s every reason to believe Carolina’s next coach will be someone who didn’t wear a Tar Heel uniform or have a direct link to Smith.

When Cunningham had to make the football switch from Butch Davis' replacement Everett Withers, he moved fairly fast to sign Larry Fedora, whose days at Southern Miss coincided with Cunningham’s stint at Tulsa. Both schools were then members of Conference USA, so Cunningham was familiar with Fedora’s coaching style.

But when the time comes to find a new basketball coach, under no circumstances will Cunningham will have the same leeway from the university to make the hire.

Football may be a big money sport, but basketball will always be nearer and dearer to the hearts of Carolina’s big-money donors.

As much as those donors may admire and support Cunningham, they’re not going to let a former Notre Dame student and AD at an Oklahoma-based school make the decision alone about who will get the keys to the program Frank McGuire and Dean Smith built and Bill Guthridge and Roy Williams nourished.

To put it another way, it’ll take a village to hire the new Roy.

38 Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • TTCP May 10, 2014

    View quoted thread


    I apologize...it was meant to do what it ONLY did to you.
    BTW, I've always liked your post.

  • Objective Scientist May 10, 2014

    View quoted thread



    I've seen some truly disgusting statements/comments in these forums by some real IMBECILES, but this one goes far beyond disgusting! TTCP... you are a sick and deranged person and should be banned from all such posting sites. Sick, sick, SICK... you are!

  • Kenan-FlaglerAlumni May 9, 2014

    Carolina Nation is not worried about this. The head coaching position at UNC will always be one of the most coveted in the league. Whenever Roy decides to step down, the program will be in good hands.

  • 4tarheels May 9, 2014

    The future will always be bright at UNC. UNC is in good hands with Roy and being one of the most heralded programs in the nation, it won't take a lot of effort to bring in another great coach. GO HEELS!!

  • alphaman May 9, 2014

    Roy likely to stay....laughable. No one is seriously considering a 65 year old with no prior NBA experience.

  • modukev5saysbyebye May 8, 2014

    View quoted thread



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QMcxcpOn6s

  • Turheel May 8, 2014

    You Duke and State hacks are hilarious. When K retires, Ol' Roy will still be coaching the Heels. Gott"fried" will be a distant memory. I know you want Roy to leave tomorrow, but it ain't happening.

  • Alex25 May 8, 2014

    Roy will go down as the cheater, it is now his legacy. But fact is, cheating has been ongoing for many years at UNCCH.

    www.unccheats.com documents.

  • Alex25 May 8, 2014

    The cheating is playing a role. The basketball world now knows of UNCCH's guilt....as we all do.

    www.unccheats.com

  • early exit Roy May 8, 2014

    View quoted thread

    Roy will never make it another 7-8 years. With all the scandals going on at orange co. tech he will not be there but maybe 1-2 years. Too much stress with the above scandals.

More...

 

 

  • ACC: Wofford at Clemson

    Saturday at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CFB: Louisville at Auburn

    Saturday at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CFB: Virginia at UCLA

    Saturday at 3:30 pm on FOX50

  • WRAL Sports Sunday

    Sunday at 11:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASL: RailHawks at San Antonio

    Wednesday at 8:30 pm on WRAL-2

  • NASL: RailHawks at Minnesota

    Saturday, Sep. 12 at 8:00 pm on WRAL-2

  • NFL: Panthers at Pittsburgh

    Tonight at 7:30 on 99.9 The Fan

  • CFB: NC State vs. Troy

    Saturday at 6:00 pm on WRAL-FM

AP Top 25
Thu, Sept 3
4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET11:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST
Preview
16
 
2
6:00 PT7:00 MT8:00 CT9:00 ET1:00 GMT9:00 北京时间6:00 MST8:00 EST
Preview
 
7:00 PT8:00 MT9:00 CT10:00 ET2:00 GMT10:00 北京时间7:00 MST9:00 EST
Preview
22
Fri, Sept 4
4
4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET11:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST
Preview
 
5
4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET11:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST
Preview
 
7:15 PT8:15 MT9:15 CT10:15 ET2:15 GMT10:15 北京时间7:15 MST9:15 EST
Preview
23
Sat, Sept 5
9:00 PT10:00 MT11:00 CT12:00 ET4:00 GMT12:00 北京时间9:00 MST11:00 EST
Preview
9
 
21
9:00 PT10:00 MT11:00 CT12:00 ET4:00 GMT12:00 北京时间9:00 MST11:00 EST
Preview
 
9:00 PT10:00 MT11:00 CT12:00 ET4:00 GMT12:00 北京时间9:00 MST11:00 EST
Preview
17
 
9:30 PT10:30 MT11:30 CT12:30 ET4:30 GMT12:30 北京时间9:30 MST11:30 EST
Preview
12
 
12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET7:30 GMT3:30 北京时间12:30 MST2:30 EST
Preview
18
 
12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET7:30 GMT3:30 北京时间12:30 MST2:30 EST
Preview
6
 
12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET7:30 GMT3:30 北京时间12:30 MST2:30 EST
Preview
13
 
1:00 PT2:00 MT3:00 CT4:00 ET8:00 GMT4:00 北京时间1:00 MST3:00 EST
Preview
24
 
1:00 PT2:00 MT3:00 CT4:00 ET8:00 GMT4:00 北京时间1:00 MST3:00 EST
Preview
25
 
4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET11:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST
Preview
19
 
15
4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET11:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST
Preview
 
4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET11:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST
Preview
14
 
4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET11:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST
Preview
11
 
20
5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET12:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST
Preview
3
 
5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET12:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST
Preview
10
 
5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET12:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST
Preview
7
 
8:00 PT9:00 MT10:00 CT11:00 ET3:00 GMT11:00 北京时间8:00 MST10:00 EST
Preview
8
Mon, Sept 7
1
5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET12:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST
Preview
 
NFL Preseason
Thursday, Sep. 3
Baltimore 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST6:00 CT3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00
Atlanta 
 
New Orleans 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST6:00 CT3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00
Green Bay 
 
Cincinnati 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST6:00 CT3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00
Indianapolis 
 
Tampa Bay 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST6:00 CT3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00
Miami 
 
Philadelphia 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST6:00 CT3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00
NY Jets 
 
Buffalo 4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET23:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST6:30 CT3:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ET22:30
Detroit 
 
NY Giants 4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET23:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST6:30 CT3:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ET22:30
New England 
 
Carolina 4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET23:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST6:30 CT3:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ET22:30
Pittsburgh 
 
Jacksonville 4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET23:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST6:30 CT3:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ET22:30
Washington 
 
Cleveland 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST7:00 CT4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET23:00
Chicago 
 
Houston 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST7:00 CT4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET23:00
Dallas 
 
Kansas City 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST7:00 CT4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET23:00
St. Louis 
 
Minnesota 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST7:00 CT4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET23:00
Tennessee 
 
Arizona 6:00 PT7:00 MT8:00 CT9:00 ET1:00 GMT9:00 北京时间6:00 MST8:00 EST8:00 CT5:00 UAE (+1)21:00 ET0:00
Denver 
 
San Diego 7:00 PT8:00 MT9:00 CT10:00 ET2:00 GMT10:00 北京时间7:00 MST9:00 EST9:00 CT6:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ET1:00
San Francisco 
 
Oakland 7:00 PT8:00 MT9:00 CT10:00 ET2:00 GMT10:00 北京时间7:00 MST9:00 EST9:00 CT6:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ET1:00
Seattle 
 
MLB Scoreboard
American League
Chi White Sox1Bot
2nd
Minnesota0
 
Detroit 5:10 PT6:10 MT7:10 CT8:10 ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 MST7:10 EST7:40 VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 CT
Preview
Kansas City 
National League
Atlanta 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 MST6:05 EST6:35 VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 CT
Preview
Washington 
 
Pittsburgh 4:20 PT5:20 MT6:20 CT7:20 ET19:20 ET23:20 GMT7:20 4:20 MST6:20 EST6:50 VEN3:20 UAE (+1)6:20 CT
Preview
Milwaukee 
 
San Francisco 5:40 PT6:40 MT7:40 CT8:40 ET20:40 ET0:40 GMT8:40 5:40 MST7:40 EST8:10 VEN4:40 UAE (+1)7:40 CT
Preview
Colorado 
 
LA Dodgers 7:10 PT8:10 MT9:10 CT10:10 ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 MST9:10 EST9:40 VEN6:10 UAE (+1)9:10 CT
Preview
San Diego 
 
ATP Scoreboard
Thursday, Sep. 3
US Open (ATP/WTA)
Second Round
(30) T. Bellucci6 6 6   
Y. Nishioka0 3 4   
(28) J. Sock1     
R. Bemelmans3     
(5) S. Wawrinka77 1    
H. Chung62 4    
(22) V. Troicki5     
R. Ram4     
A. Bedene 
D. Young 
(3) A. Murray 
A. Mannarino 
(31) G. Garcia-Lop 
N. Mahut 
(20) D. Thiem 
D. Istomin 
(21) I. Karlovic 
J. Vesely 
(13) J. Isner 
M. Youzhny 
(15) K. Anderson 
A. Krajicek 
(6) T. Berdych 
J. Melzer 
(24) B. Tomic 
L. Hewitt 
(12) R. Gasquet 
R. Haase 
(29) P. Kohlschrei 
L. Rosol 
(2) R. Federer 
S. Darcis 
 
WTA Scoreboard
Thursday, Sep. 3
US Open (ATP/WTA)
Second Round
L. Tsurenko69 2    
V. Lepchenko711 6    
(16) S. Errani0 6 6   
J. Ostapenko6 4 3   
(22) S. Stosur6 6    
E. Rodina1 1    
(18) A. Petkovic6 77    
E. Vesnina3 64    
(20) V. Azarenka7 6    
Y. Wickmayer5 4    
(9) G. Muguruza64 77 0   
J. Konta77 64 0   
(2) S. Halep2     
K. Bondarenko1     
(11) A. Kerber4     
K. Knapp4     
B. Strycova6 0    
Q. Wang2 1    
M. Barthel2 0    
O. Govortsova6 0    
K. Nara 
S. Rogers 
(24) S. Lisicki 
C. Giorgi 
(26) F. Pennetta 
M. Niculescu 
(5) P. Kvitova 
N. Gibbs 
(32) A. Schmiedlov 
D. Kovinic 
(4) C. Wozniacki 
P. Cetkovska