Roy Williams

UNC Chancellor Carol Folt at a BOT meeting in September 2016
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Administrators and coaches from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are in Nashville Wednesday. They are there to face questions from the NCAA over an academic scandal that is entering its seventh year.

North Carolina's Theo Pinson sits in the locker room after the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Villanova, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Houston. Villanova won 77-74.
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North Carolina lost the National Championship in heartbreaking fashion last night.

North Carolina's Joel Berry II, right and head coach Roy Williams laugh during a news conference
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Carolina is headed to the NCAA basketball tournament final. The Tar Heels beat Syracuse Saturday. Tonight, this number one seed will take on second-seeded Villanova.

Carolina head coach Roy Williams praised his players and said he was ecstatic.

"These guys up here were sensational, and I couldn't be having a more fantastic ride than I'm having right now," said Williams.

Tar Heels are one win from the program's sixth NCAA title.

Duke basketball player Derryck Thornton.
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In men's college basketball, last night's Carolina-Duke game lived up to all the pre-game hype. 

After leading for most of the game, the Tar Heels lost to the Blue Devils in the final minutes, 74-to-73. 

Remembering Dean Smith

Feb 8, 2015
15 Mar 1997: Coach Dean Smith of the North Carolina Tarheels gives instructions to his players during a playoff game against the Colorado Buffaloes at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Tarheels won the game 73 - 56 giving
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Induction into a sports Hall of Fame is a reflective moment for any athlete or coach. Nine Tar Heel players or coaches are in the Basketball Hall of Fame, and eight of them either had some connection to Dean Smith or were Dean Smith. And none missed the opportunity to thank him during their acceptance speeches:

Michael Jordan: “Coach Smith… what else can I say about him? He’s legendary in the game of coaching.”

Big-time college basketball is a way of life in North Carolina. It brings excitement and millions of dollars to the Triangle, and gives the region much of its identity. But actually playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference is out of reach for everyone but the most elite athletes. Except at UNC-Chapel Hill, where a Junior Varsity basketball team continues to prosper. It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity for “regular” students.