Update: Some of the names being floated early on to replace Williams include current UNC assistant coaches Hubert Davis and Steve Robinson, UNC-Greensboro coach and Tar Heel alum Wes Miller, and Stanford head coach and former Williams protege Jerod Haase.
The Athletic also put their list together here, including South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley, who is currently competing in the Women’s Final Four.
The retirement of Roy Williams has shifted the ground beneath all of college basketball.@SethDavisHoops and @_Brian_Hamilton discuss who should be on UNC's call list: https://t.co/7YpNufwVhj pic.twitter.com/zZ1IE8F9ps— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) April 1, 2021
Williams retires with a career record of 903–264, and in 18 season at his alma mater was 485-163 and NCAA Championships in 2005, 2009 and 2017. He was also the head man for 15 seasons at Kansas, following in the footsteps of his mentor and former coach Dean Smith with the Jayhawks.
The 2007 Basketball Hall of Fame entrant reached 900 wins in just 1,161 career games, and has the sixth-highest win percentage in college basketball history at .774. His nine Final Fours in 33 seasons include a 79-27 record in the NCAA Tournament, and an almost-impossible 29-1 record in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
That perfect streak in the postseason lid-lifter was snapped this year with an 85-62 loss to Wisconsin on March 19th in an 8-9 seed game in Indianapolis.