Roy Williams was spinning yarns in the North Carolina men’s basketball locker room before a practice in late October 2019, and I was down to my final minutes with him before I had to go. So I fired the successor question: Does the coach who comes after you need to come from the Carolina family tree?
“I would like for it to be a Carolina guy,” Williams told me. “I don’t know if I have any say in it. But I want it to be someone with the same beliefs for what North Carolina has always stood for. For whoever it is, I’d like to see them continue that part of it.”
That will be the framework for one of the most fascinating coaching searches in a long time.