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Roy Williams is retiring after 18 seasons at UNC

It’s the end of an era in Chapel Hill.

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UNC announced this morning that basketball coach Roy Williams will be retiring after 18 seasons in Chapel Hill. Williams has coached 33 seasons in his career and won 903 games on his way to the Naismith Hall of Fame. There will be a press conference today at 4:00 pm ET.

Williams returned to his alma mater when the program was in, to put it nicely, shambles. He went on to lead the Tar Heels to three national championships in 2005, 2009, and 2017. Coach’s accolades go on for days, as you all know and don’t need me to remind you.

Last season was incredibly tough for everyone and college athletics were no exception to that. In the back of our minds, we probably knew this day was coming sooner or later but we all hoped that it would be later.

There will be plenty of time to digest where we go from here and what names will be thrown around. Until then, it has been one hell of a ride with Roy Williams as our coach and it’s incredibly sad that that time is over.

We’ll have more soon.

*I know today is April Fool’s Day but this is not a joke. There was an official press release from UNC and you can see their verified Twitter post here. Don’t shoot the messenger.*