"I don't think I ever could have predicted — and I likely soon won't forget — Hubert Davis' introductory press conference as the head coach of the UNC men's basketball team. The level of emotion and sincerity he brought to that moment caught me completely off guard. "
A former player under Dean Smith and 12-year NBA veteran before spending nine years on Williams' coaching staff, Davis was announced on Monday as the next head coach of the North Carolina men's basketball team, and first Black head coach in program history, following Williams' retirement on April 1.
Hubert Davis will be the new head coach of the North Carolina men's basketball team, the Raleigh News & Observer reported on Monday. Davis, an assistant coach on Roy Williams' bench for the past nine years and a player at UNC under Dean Smith from 1988-1992, will ascend to the position after Williams announced his retirement on April 1. He will be the first Black head coach in program history.
After UNC men's basketball head coach Roy Williams announced his retirement on Thursday, senior writer Brian Keyes reached out to several previous sports editors of The Daily Tar Heel to ask them about their thoughts on the moment and their memories of the Hall of Fame coach. Here's what they had to say.
"I've said earlier that I think this team's got toughness," head coach Scott Forbes said. "Obviously, we've lost four in a row. And they've been tough losses. But it didn't surprise me that they would come ready to play. I mean, that's kind of group we have and they're not going to quit, they're going to keep playing."
The No. 21 North Carolina baseball (13-10, 8-7) team lost to No. 8 East Carolina (18-5,0-0), 11-10, on Tuesday night after an eighth inning collapse that saw the Tar Heels squander a four-run lead in the eighth inning to lose on a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth.
The North Carolina men's basketball team bruised and battered its way through three games in three nights and in the end, they ran out of juice.
The North Carolina men's basketball team lost in the ACC Tournament semifinals to Florida State, 69-66, in a game that saw the Tar Heels overcome another slow start, only to ultimately fail in a close-fought comeback attempt in the second half.
After struggling in the first half against Virginia Tech on Thursday, North Carolina's post players wore away at the Hokies to lead the Tar Heels to a 81-73 victory.