Roy Williams retires

Roy Williams retirement

Roy Williams
Roy Williams

 Coach was 418-101 in 15 years in Lawrence, leading the Jayhawks to 4 Finals

Roy Williams retires. A North Carolina native, Roy attended UNC and obtained his start in coaching at the high school stage. After serving under Dean Smith as an assistant from 1978-88, he was employed at Kansas after Larry Brown left for the NBA.

Shortly after his rent at KU, the Jayhawks have been positioned on probation for violations that came about below the earlier employees, making them ineligible for the NCAA Tournament following the 1988-89 season regardless of a 19-12 document and 6 weeks within the top-25 mid-season.

In his second yr, the Jayhawks set a workforce document for factors scored after they defeated Kentucky 150-95 in Allen Fieldhouse. Williams would go on to guide KU to 14-straight NCAA Tournaments, which started a still-active NCAA document streak of 31-straight seasons. Roy would ultimately take the Jayhawks to 4 Final Fours: 1991, 1993, 2002, and 2003.

The one knock on Roy from a KU perspective could also be what he didn’t accomplish in Lawrence, particularly, he left city with none nationwide championships, plus, some early match exits. KU entered the NCAA Tournament as a 1-seed 5 instances below Roy (1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002), solely making the Final Four as soon as as a prime seed. The 1997 Jayhawks, within the dialog as one of many best school basketball groups ever, fell within the Sweet 16 to 4-seed Arizona.

Roy’s 2001-02 Jayhawks are nonetheless the one Big 12 workforce to roll by way of the convention unbeaten, going 16-0. Williams left Kansas because the second-winningest coach behind Phog Allen (though Bill Self has since handed him), going 418-101 in 15 years.

Congratulations Coach! Enjoy your retirement!

Roy was 35-4 in opposition to Okay-State whereas in Lawrence, and didn’t lose to the Wildcats after the 1993-94 season. He was additionally 19-13 in opposition to Missouri, however apparently simply 4-3 in opposition to the Tigers because the AP #1 workforce. His favorite opponent (aside from KSU) was most likely Colorado, in opposition to whom he held a 33-2 benefit.

The Jayhawks have been the winningest D1 program of the Nineties. Roy gave us Raef and Scot, Nick and Kirk, 150-95, 62-straight (residence wins), 16-0, “I don’t give a $h!t about North Carolina,” and ultimately, after he left KU, he quite unwillingly gave us 40-12, “It’s over!,” and the now-infamous Jayhawk sticker:

Roy Williams finishes his profession with 903 profession wins, presently third all-time in Division 1. He’s the primary (and to this point solely) coach to win 400+ video games at two universities. He turned Kansas round following the probation season that was a results of the Larry Brown period at a time when issues may have rapidly gone south for the KU program, and in addition instantly stabilized a North Carolina program that was reeling after three years below Matt Doherty.

Williams is one in all 8 coaches in your entire historical past of Kansas basketball, and I don’t suppose it’s improper to say that KU has maintained its “blue-blood” standing in school basketball due in no small half to Roy’s efforts whereas he was right here.

Congratulations Coach! Enjoy your retirement!