CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – UNC is finalizing a contract extension for head basketball coach Roy Williams.
The UNC Board of Trustees is in the process of approving the new contract, according to sources familiar with the proceedings. Details have yet to be released by the University.
The news coincides with the arrival and public release of the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations pertaining to its examination of academic irregularities in UNC’s AFAM department.
The notice detailed that Roy Williams was interviewed late last year by the NCAA as part of its investigation, but was not named in any of the allegations.
The contract extension continues a trend by university officials to show their steadfast support for the Hall of Fame coach.
In November, athletics director Bubba Cunningham made an impromptu appearance on Williams’s weekly radio show to defend the 12th-year UNC head coach amidst media criticism stemming from the Wainstein Report, which found that Williams was not involved in the AFAM scandal. Cunningham reiterated his support of Williams in a December interview with InsideCarolina.com.
Joel Curran, UNC’s vice chancellor for communications and public affairs, took a firmer stance in March following a Sports Illustrated cover story questioning how much Williams knew about the scandal. Curran said it was “unfair to continue to point fingers at Roy” in light of the Wainstein Report and the lead investigator’s accompanying remarks.
Williams’s last contract extension came in October 2011. His base salary was set at $333,938 through 2018 with supplemental income by UNC ranging from $1.35 million to $1.65 million.
UNC Finalizing New Contract for Roy Williams
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