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Fans in Carolina blue waited, chanted and tossed around basketballs. Then the college men's basketball national champions walked onto their home court at UNC Chapel Hill. That's when the ear-shattering screams began.
Glory day in Blue Heaven
The Charlotte Observer

The first day of the rest of Roy Williams' life began on a ladder stationed under one basket of a confetti-littered court. It was 12:01 a.m. Central Daylight Time on Tuesday, and the coach with the national championship was about to descend the steps at the Edward Jones Dome, retreat to the locker room with his team and get on with life as the same guy he's always been.
With title in hand, Williams moves on
The Durham Herald-Sun

A day after coaching North Carolina to the 2005 NCAA title, Roy Williams said Tuesday that the program is not yet restored to the status it enjoyed under his mentor, Dean Smith.
Williams: Program still needs work
The Charlotte Observer

Beating Illinois 75-70 to win the NCAA title "legitimizes the 2005 team,'' North Carolina coach Roy Williams said Tuesday morning. "But I still don't have the program back to where I want it to be." Getting it there -- i.e., to consistent Final Four appearances -- may become harder in the coming months, with three scholarship seniors graduating, swingman Rashad McCants leaving early for the NBA, and three other underclassmen pondering the same move.
A work in progress
The News and Observer

The Illinois big guys fronted Sean May Monday night like men trying to block some terrible portal toward which all their hopes and dreams were rolling.
Big kid carries Heels in big way
The News and Observer

"How great is it to be a Tar Heel today?" The response to UNC Chancellor James Moeser's simple question was a roar about 15,000 voices strong. It filled the Smith Center and the ears of Roy Williams' returning basketball heroes, bringing home the 2005 NCAA Championship trophy. The fans were a sea of blue and white Tuesday afternoon under Dean Dome scoreboards lit with the final score of Monday night's game: Carolina 75, Illinois 70.
Victorious Heels hailed
The News and Observer

After he had cut down the net and caged the monkey, after he had hugged Michael Jordan and Dean Smith, after he had shed tears over his family and his high-school coach, after he had partied with golf buddies and former Kansas players, after he had checked his phone messages one last time and told Wanda one last thing - after all that, Roy Williams finally went to bed early yesterday morning.
Monkey Off His Back
The Winston Salem Journal

And yesterday, May made North Carolina fans' day again by saying that he will return to the school for his senior year rather than enter the NBA Draft. However, another of UNC's junior stars, guard Rashad McCants, said that he will enter the draft.
Tar Heels savor NCAA title
The Winston-Salem Journal

Jawad Williams' moment of surreal astonishment came just after 11 p.m. Monday.
Tar Heels savor championship
The Fayetteville Observer

The trophy won, the title theirs, the North Carolina basketball team returned home, where 15,000 students and fans waited for them Tuesday afternoon at the Smith Center.
Even sky's blue as Heels return
The Greensboro News and Record

No matter what signals (McCants) sent, UNC coach Roy Williams made the message clear Tuesday morning: McCants is leaving for the NBA, and other players could follow.
Mass defection may loom for the champs
The Durham Herald-Sun

The lights didn't go out in Roy Williams' hotel room until 4:38 Tuesday morning, about five hours after his North Carolina basketball team had turned out the lights on top-ranked Illinois at the Edward Jones Dome. In between, Williams rode a championship high.
Williams' Heels got defensive in the Final Four
The Greensboro News and Record

His night was short. The digital clock in Roy Williams' hotel room showed it was 4:38 a.m. when he finally switched off the light, and "there wasn't a lot of sleeping to say the least," he said. "Just toss and turn."
A new feeling for 'Ol' Roy'
The USA Today

Raymond Felton missed North Carolina's season opener. The Tar Heels lost. He refused to miss the closing moments of Monday's season finale. The Tar Heels won. Won college basketball's national championship. Now you know why, with a roster teeming with NBA talent, coach Roy Williams calls Felton his one indispensable cog.
Felton was key reason for UNC's success
The Hampton Daily Press

They rewarded the patience of an already accomplished coach and provided their league with an unprecedented run of depth. Mostly, the North Carolina veterans validated their own worth with Monday's 75-70 defeat of Illinois in the championship game of one of the most memorable NCAA men's basketball tournaments.
Now upper crust, UNC upperclassmen savor their title run
The Baltimore Sun

It was, after all, Williams' fourth trip to the Final Four, and for the fourth time he'd come up with the doughnut. So, the buzzards had circled again ... and they began forming once more here on Monday when Williams' new team, UNC, took to the floor against Illinois, the No. 1-ranked squad in the nation that had lost just once throughout its glorious campaign.
Williams will never be the same
The Syracuse Post-Standard

Nuggets coach George Karl and assistant Doug Moe were tired after a five-hour drive from St. Louis, but they were all smiles. Karl and Moe were on hand as North Carolina beat Illinois for the NCAA championship. Karl and Moe played at North Carolina, and sat in the stands near former Tar Heels coach Bill Guthridge and former UNC players Mitch Kupchak (now the Los Angeles Lakers general manager) and Hubert Davis.
Tar Heels Karl, Moe, happy and tired
The Denver Post

Tonight's contest, which begins at 7 p.m. at North Lenoir's Wooten Gymnasium, will feature the seniors and managers of the UNC basketball team. The Tar Heels seniors - including Jackie Manuel, Melvin Scott, Jawad Williams, C.J. Hooker and Charlie Everett - will take on a team of North Lenoir All-Stars.
UNC seniors visit North Lenoir tonight
The Kinston Free Press


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