"Roy Williams is the most complete coach in the country," athletic director Dick Baddour said. "I knew when we hired him he was an outstanding basketball coach, but he has also exceeded our every expectation in the manner in which he runs a basketball program. He believes in character first, he coaches for all the right reasons and he is a first-rate ambassador of our university."It is a no-brainer, obviously, and it is more of a gesture of respect than anything. Roy Williams would go nowhere else [well, unless the NBA gives him an offer he cannot refuse] and UNC has enjoyed a rebirth to the days when Dean Smith was running things. They made it to the Elite Eight this past season, won the 2005 National Championship, won the 2007 ACC regular season and tournament titles and has injected some great talent back to Chapel Hill. Oh, and he'll be heading to the Hall of Fame later on this year. Most importantly, he's been dominating Duke lately [winning four of five] and not making nicey with Coach K.
It also is a sign of good faith to Ol' Roy, who watched Butch Davis get bigger money to come in and resurrect a dying football program. Williams was asked to do the same thing with the hoops team in 2003 by taking over a Coach D'oh program that missed the last two NCAA tournaments and suffered an embarrassing 8-20 season. In two years, he brought a title to Chapel Hill and UNC back to the nation's elite.