CHAPEL HILL, NC – FEBRUARY 26: Assistant coach Hubert Davis of the North Carolina Tar Heels listens to head coach Roy Williams throughout a game versus the Syracuse Orange on February 26, 2019 at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 93-85. (Photo by Peyton Williams/UNC/Getty Images).
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It took less than a week for the North Carolina Tar Heels to find a replacement for Roy Williams.
According to several reports including the Raliegh News & & Observer, the Tar Heels are naming assistant coach Hubert Davis as Roy Williams successor.
As numerous as eight prospects were interviewed for the job, including another Tar Heels assistant coach Steve Robinson as well as former Tar Heels assistant and current Stanford head coach Jerod Haase. Davis was eventually selected as Williams follower and the crumb path leading up to this decision is not hard to follow.
Back in 2012, Williams handpicked Davis to join his staff and in doing so– whether intentional or not– brought aboard the male who would one day take over the legendary mantle of Tar Heels head coach. As part of Williams personnel, Davis coached the Tar Heels to back-to-back National Championship appearances including a title in 2013.
Davis played over a decade in the NBA, primarily with the iconic New York Knicks of the 90s, however invested his college days at Chapel Hill.
It goes without stating that the shoes Davis is filling are enormous and that extends beyond the aura of Williams. Given that Dean Smith took control of the Tar Heels job back in 1961, there have been just three other coaches to put on the clipboard for North Carolina in over 6 decades.
Davis will end up being the fourth.