UNC's Williams still plans to coach a while

Despite his recent health scare, North Carolina coach Roy Williams has no plans to retire any time soon.

Williams, who had a tumor removed from his right kidney and a biopsy on a tumor in his left kidney over the past month (both were non-cancerous), told those attending the Greater Wilmington Business Journal Power Lunch on Monday that he may coach up to another decade.

“If I stay healthy, I’d like to coach for another six to 10 years,’’ he said, according to Jenny Callison at the Greater Wilmington Business Journal. “I don’t want to garden. I don’t want to go to work. [As UNC basketball coach] every day I get to do what I want to do.

Williams, who is set to begin his 10th season as head coach of the Tar Heels, also addressed topics such as the one-and-done rule, the ACC’s probable rankings to begin the season and his recruiting philosophy. He also had this to say on the media’s constant critiquing:

“I’m pretty thin-skinned, and the media attention is much different these days with the Internet and blogs. But if the mailman stopped to kick every dog that barked at him, he’d never get the mail delivered. They say you need to either get over it or get even. I get over it so I can get even later.”

Here, also, is Brian Mull’s story from the Wilmington Star-News about the event. Interestingly, Williams spoke at the lunch, Mull writes, because he was asked by Greater Wilmington Hall of Fame board member John Bunting, a former football coach at UNC.