Now that we’re down to the final game of the college basketball season, it’s only fitting that Scott Williams gets to end Dash to the Desert by talking about one of the teams playing for the National Championship tonight – the North Carolina Tar Heels.
UNC has consistently won for decades and Williams, Class of 1990, describes the similarities between the current Tar Heels led by Roy Williams, and legendary coach Dean Smith. What does it mean to be a Tar Heel?
“We call it the Carolina family, and it’s actually a real thing where guys care about one another off the court, and I think that started with Coach Smith,” said Scott Williams on Dash to the Desert Overtime. “Back when he was at the helm, caring about how we were going to be young men in society and lead productive lives more than winning and losing basketball games.”
He noted that Roy Williams was a long-time assistant for Dean Smith and has carried that tradition on. “Understanding what that’s all about…basketball is great, we love to win, we’re as competitive as any program out there, but we care about each other as individuals first,” the Three-time NBA World Champion said.
That being said, tonight is about basketball, as North Carolina will take on Gonzaga for the National Championship and Williams, unshaven for superstitious reasons, will be with his Carolina family.