While the NCAA Tournament continues to steal most headlines due to the fact, well, it’s the first in two years, and it’s been must-see TV on both the men’s and women’s side this year, there have also been many moves off the court.
The biggest story came today out of Chapel Hill when legendary head basketball coach Roy Williams announced his retirement from North Carolina.
The 70-year-old leaves the Tar Heels after 18 seasons with an overall record of 485-162, leading North Carolina to National Championships in 2005, 2009, and 2017. Before coming to Chapel Hill, Roy Williams coached 15 seasons at Kansas, leading the Jayhawks to four Final Four appearances.
Williams retires as the fourth all-time leader in wins in NCAA Division I with a complete record of 903-264 with a win percentage of .774. Williams’ also provided plenty of top-tier talent to the NBA as 21 of his former players were drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft.
Usually, we’d say the next stop: the basketball Hall of Fame. Still, Roy Williams is passed that as the legendary coach was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.
North Carolina now has the hottest job opening in all of college basketball, especially now that Texas has hired their next head basketball coach.
According to sources to ESPN, the Texas Longhorns will be naming Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard as their next coach. Beard has become one of the biggest names in the coaching world after guiding the Red Raiders to an NCAA Runner-Up finish in 2019, and Elite Eight run in 2018.
While the move may rub some the wrong way, it was expected throughout the Big 12 as long as the buyout wasn’t outrageous. Beard began his coaching career at Texas as a student assistant under Tom Penders. Beard has been Red Raiders’ head basketball coach since 2016 and previously served as head coach at Arkansas-Little Rock.
Beard takes over from Shaka Smart, whose underwhelming tenure as Longhorns’ head coach came to an end after six seasons as he left to become head coach at Marquette.