Brandon Robinson thought it was an April Fools' joke when he read the news.
The former UNC basketball guard from 2016 to 2020 assumed head coach Roy Williams would coach until he couldn’t anymore, so he initially brushed off the breaking headlines as a bad prank. But when Robinson saw the announcement from UNC basketball and his phone started flooding with notifications of the announcements’ legitimacy, he was shocked to his core — it’s true.
After 18 seasons, Williams really is retiring.
“He used to make jokes in practice like, ‘If you don’t like it, you should leave because I’m gonna be here for 10 more years,’” Robinson said. “It’s crazy he’s done right now. I felt like he still has something left in him.”
Robinson was in disbelief and planned to watch Thursday afternoon’s press conference because he needed confirmation from Williams himself to believe it.
But mostly, Robinson felt grateful.
“He gave me the opportunity of a lifetime that I can’t repay him for,” Robinson said. “He means the world to me and I appreciate him so much.”
And he’s not the only one. There’s been an outpouring of congratulations, anecdotes and thank-you's from former UNC players.
“You’ve impacted my life more than you could ever understand,” Brice Johnson stated.