PHOENIX, AZ (WWAY) — North Carolina head basketball coach Roy Williams normally won’t make a on the record comment about one of his assistant coaches, but Williams did just that on Friday at the Final Four when asked to comment on the coaching strengths of C.B. McGrath.
“He is extremely intelligent and very organized,” Williams said from Phoenix. “He has a passion for the game. Loves working with young people, does see the big picture all the time. I do think he has every skill you would want a perspective coach to have, if and when that happens.”
UNCW is apparently very close to hiring a new basketball coach from right up the road.
This morning ESPN’s Jeff Goodman tweeted that UNCW had reached an agreement with UNC assistant coach C.B. McGrath that trustees still need to approve.
A UNCW spokeswoman told WWAY the university has no comment. A source, though, told WWAY the ESPN report was not true. Two other sources close to the situation told WWAY a deal could happen soon.
The UNCW Board of Trustees has called a special meeting Monday. According to a release from the university, trustees will meet Monday at 11 a.m.
According to the release, the purpose of the meeting is “to consider the qualifications, competence, performance, condition of appointment of a public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee; to establish or instruct the staff or agent concerning the negotiations of the amount of compensation or other terms of an employment contract; and to consult with the attorney to protect the attorney-client privilege.”
These types of meetings are usually called before filling a major position on campus, including head basketball coach.
Last night, word broke McGrath is the most likely candidate to get the UNCW job. McGrath has spent 18 years as an assistant under Roy Williams, including the last 14 in Chapel Hill. He spent the previous four years with Williams at Kansas, where McGrath also played as a point guard for four years. McGrath and the Tar Heels are in Arizona for this weekend’s Final Four.