Roy: That Dadgum Legend

Roy: That Dadgum Legend

Roy Williams was quick with names and good with the whistle. If he wasn’t, who knows if he ever would have caught Dean Smith’s attention. The sequel to Smith’s dynasty at North Carolina — the five trips to the Final Four and the three national titles with the Tar Heels — never would have happened. Roy Williams ended his hall-of-fame career on April 1, 2021. The story of how he made it to the top with two of the blue blood programs in college basketball, UNC and Kansas, has been told but not like this and not with this type of honesty and insight from That Dadgum Legend himself. ROY is produced by 99.9 The Fan in Raleigh, North Carolina and hosted by Joe Ovies and Joe Giglio.

Episodes

October 8, 2021 2 mins

Roy Williams was quick with names and good with the whistle. If he wasn’t, who knows if he ever would have caught Dean Smith’s attention. The sequel to Smith’s dynasty at North Carolina — the five trips to the Final Four and the three national titles with the Tar Heels — never would have happened. Roy Williams ended his hall-of-fame career on April 1, 2021. The story of how he made it to the top with two of the...

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When North Carolina head basketball coach Roy Williams retired on April 1st, 2021, with the third most victories in NCAA history, three NCAA Championships, and nine Final Four trips, he described his career as “OK.” Williams should’ve used a thesaurus when he retired because he did a little more than “OK” in his 33 years as a head coach. Ol’ Roy constantly undersold his savvy...

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October 20, 2021 40 mins

How do you know when it’s over? There are signs, but they aren’t always easy to decipher. Coaches, even the best, get pushed out all the time before they actually want to go. North Carolina head basketball coach Dean Smith was able to leave on his terms, and later admitted he probably had a few more years left in him. The decision for Roy Williams to leave the Tar Heels wasn’t easy, and actual...

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October 20, 2021 28 mins

The easiest way to pick a fight with former North Carolina head basketball coach Roy Williams is to simply say “Roy knew.” That was a go-to insult for “Anybody But Carolina” fans during an NCAA investigation into a nearly two decade academic irregularity within UNC’s AFAM department. Ultimately, North Carolina avoided any serious punishments for the scandal. Of course, Williams nev...

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Dadgum. Frick. Frip. Doggone. Blankety-blank. Roy Williams has made a conscious effort not to curse and has famously incorporated substitute words that FCC censors would approve. But when Williams does use an actual “bad word"? He makes it count, including the time he cursed in response to a question about taking the North Carolina job following a loss in the NCAA National Championship in 2003. Williams&r...

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Roy Williams is the last connection to a time that was on Tobacco Road. Despite modern rivalry dynamics, where North Carolina and Duke dominate the discussion, Williams never lost his passion for beating NC State. However, as much as he enjoyed winning, Williams has always cherished the camaraderie of his coaching peers.

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October 27, 2021 23 mins

Favorite ACC official? The one Duke player he wanted to coach? Did the Dream Team purposely lose to a college squad ahead of the ’92 Olympics? In the final episode of “That Dadgum Legend”, Roy Williams answers a series of rapid fire questions.

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On April 1st, 2021, Roy Williams said he wasn’t the right man to lead North Carolina any longer. Seemingly the last time we might hear from Williams, it turns out he got the proper retirement tour he deserved after a legendary career. Between visiting friends and former players, to witnessing an incredible Final Four run by the ’21-’22 North Carolina Tar Heels lead by his chosen successor, Wil...

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Two years after retiring, former North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams opens up about his views on the current state of the game, his potential return to coaching, and some of his fondest memories from his illustrious coaching career. 

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