College basketball reacts to Roy Williams’ retirement | #retirement | #elderly | #seniors
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Roy Williams retired from coaching college basketball Thursday, leaving a legendary career in his wake.
Players, programs and pundits took to social media to congratulate and react to the news. Many consider Williams to be one of the greatest coaches in the sport’s history.
Williams’ retirement comes amid speculation that the 70-year-old was frustrated with the direction the sport is headed. In the 18 years since his return to North Carolina, his basketball program has perennially been one of the best in the nation.
After 33 years as a Hall of Fame head coach, our beloved Tar Heel Roy Williams is announcing his retirement.
Thank you for all you have done and meant to everyone who plays and loves our game.
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— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) April 1, 2021
Salute to UNC Head Coach Roy Williams on a legendary 48-year career. All respect. Thank you for all you have done for the game, our league and the greatest rivalry in sports. 🤝
— Duke Men’s Basketball (@DukeMBB) April 1, 2021
Since Roy Williams returned to North Carolina, the program leads (plus ties) the country in:
NCAA Tournament wins (45)
Final Fours (5)
National title games (4)
National Championships (3)
He guided the best program in the country over the last 18 seasons.
Well earned retirement
— Bryan Ives (@awaytoworthy) April 1, 2021
Jim Boeheim was as surprised as any of us to learn of Roy Williams’ retirement.
He’s sad to see Williams end his career.
“There’s not a better example of what a college coach is supposed to be.”https://t.co/DkqqL4bsFd
— Donna Ditota (@DonnaDitota1) April 1, 2021