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Friday, June 30, 2000

Roy Williams’ statement on Guthridge

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The following is a statement from Roy Williams about the retirement of Bill Guthridge as North Carolina head basketball coach.

"Bill Guthridge leaving the University of North Carolina and the coaching profession brings a sadness to me because of what we are losing -- a great coach and a great person.

"At the same time, though, I am ecstatic for him.

"He is happy and he has been outstanding as the head coach at North Carolina for these last three years.

"I offer my congratulations to him for the major role he played in North Carolina's basketball success for such a long period. He is one of my mentors, he is my friend, he is one of my idols.

"I played for him and coached with him and he is one of the best. I want to thank him and say enjoy yourself."

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