Larry Brown hopes Roy Williams will be cleared to pick next North Carolina coach

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Larry Brown hopes Roy Williams will be cleared to pick next North Carolina coach


Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown has expressed his desire for someone to decide North Carolina’s next men’s basketball coach: Roy Williams, who retired Thursday.
Brown, a North Carolina alumnus, told ACC Network’s Packer and Durham on Friday that he believes Williams deserves the chance to pick his successor and that the next coach should already have Tar Heels ties.

“In my gut, I hope Roy Williams will pick his successor, and I hope it’s someone from the Carolina family,” Brown told Packer and Durham. “… I know what the coach [Dean] Smith would like, I know what the coach [Frank] McGuire would like to. … Keep it in the family, and let’s move on. ”

Williams announced his retirement Thursday after 18 seasons in North Carolina and 33 seasons as a varsity coach. After a Hall of Fame career that included over 900 wins and three national championships with the Tar Heels, Williams said, “I don’t feel like the right man for the job anymore.”

Sporting director Bubba Cunningham is tasked with determining how the Tar Heels search will go, as the program is only looking for its sixth coach since 1952.

“I believe we have the best job in college basketball,” Cunningham said. “This position is not open very often. We have to spend a lot of time thinking about who the right person is right now. ”

Cunningham said he and Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz would manage the process instead of using a research firm or committee. He said he sought input from many former players and from Williams, who Cunningham said had previously shared his opinion. Williams also mentioned that he gave his opinion at his farewell press conference.

The athletic director said he prefers someone with head coaching experience, but that is not required.

“The history and tradition here is winning,” Cunningham said. “We have had it in the family for a long time. It is important. But that’s not the only factor in trying to make a decision like this. ”

Hiring someone with connections in North Carolina is also a known factor. It worked with longtime aide Bill Guthridge taking over after Smith retired in 1997 and with Williams returning in 2003, but it didn’t work during Matt Doherty’s tumultuous tenure after Williams refused. the post after Guthridge retired in 2000; Brown, who coached the Philadelphia 76ers at the time, had also expressed interest in coaching North Carolina.

“I just want Roy to have a say in this matter,” Brown told Packer and Durham. “And I know, it doesn’t matter who takes over, if Roy touched his life, if Coach Smith touched his life, we’ll be in good hands. ”

Cunningham said there was no specific timetable for renting.

Brown was recently linked with a role in Indiana, sources telling ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski last month that new Hoosiers coach Mike Woodson had spoken with Brown about a possible non-recruiting role on campus. .

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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