UNC’s Williams aims to coach as long as health remains good

Roy Williams (Photo: UNC Basketball/Twitter)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Roy Williams says he plans to coach “as long as I feel good and have my health.”

UNC announced Wednesday an eight-year extension for Williams through the 2027-28 season, when he would be nearly 78 years old.

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Asked if he could see himself coaching to 2028, Williams quipped Thursday: “Somebody sees me doing that, I don’t know who, but somebody does.”

Williams has never publicly indicated retirement was imminent, including when he said he was aiming for another five to nine years after UNC lost in the 2016 NCAA championship game.

The ninth-ranked Tar Heels face 19th-ranked Kentucky in Saturday’s CBS Sports Classic in Chicago.