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KU coaches statements about Williams' departure

The following are statements released by KU coaches about Roy Williams' departure for the University of North Carolina.

6News video: Friend says it was the saddest day of Williams life

6News reports on the reaction of former KU player and assistant athletics director Jerry Waugh to the news that Roy Williams would be taking the head coaching position at the University of North Carolina.

6News video: Williams headed home

6News reports on the news that Roy Williams has taken the head coaching position at the University of North Carolina.

Lack of AD makes hiring difficult

Students in Bob Frederick's graduate course in sports administration had a hot topic for discussion Monday.

J-W editorial: It's still Kansas basketball

No one is indispensable, and the Jayhawk basketball program will survive the loss of coach Roy Williams.

6News video: Former player happy for Williams

6News reports on former KU basketball player Joel Branstroms thoughts on the departure of Roy Williams.

UNC not the good guys anymore

Tar Heels got their man in Williams, but forcing Doherty out was anything but classy

North Carolina has hired a great coach. Roy Williams is one of college basketball's best, and it's fascinating to daydream about him working next season against Wake Forest's Skip Prosser, Maryland's Gary Williams and, in front of all those screaming students at Cameron Indoor Arena, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.

Roy Williams timeline

KU search begins immediately

Kansas University won't waste any time searching for a successor for men's basketball coach Roy Williams.

Frederick: Lack of AD makes hiring difficult

Students in Bob Frederick's graduate course in sports administration had a hot topic for discussion Monday.

Fans say farewell to Williams at airport

Late Monday afternoon, Roy Williams drove onto the tarmac at Lawrence Municipal Airport, where a Cessna Citation 550 jet was waiting to take him, his wife, Wanda, and assistant coaches Joe Holladay and Steve Robinson to Chapel Hill, N.C.

Jennings: KU search for new basketball coach to be done quickly

Four people will move quickly -- in days, not weeks -- to conduct a search for a new head basketball coach for Kansas University, Drue Jennings, interim athletic director, said at a press conference this morning.

Former AD Bohl mum on shakeup

Nearly a week ago, Al Bohl blamed men's basketball coach Roy Williams after Bohl was fired as Kansas University's athletic director.

It's still Kansas basketball

No one is indispensable, and the Jayhawk basketball program will survive the loss of coach Roy Williams.

Former Jayhawks hope players will be patient

Pritchard, Maddox endured 1988 coaching change

Mike Maddox was a freshman forward when basketball coach Larry Brown left Kansas University in the summer of 1988 for the big bucks of the NBA.

KU coaches sad to see Roy go

It wasn't just his players or Kansas University fans that were hit hard by the devastating news of Roy Williams' departure to North Carolina -- fellow Jayhawk coaches were nearly in denial from the decision.

Current Jayhawks staying put

Keith Langford says he'll finish his college basketball career where he started it -- at Kansas University. "I mean I owe it to the sophomores -- 'The Five,'" said Langford, a 6-foot-4 sophomore guard from Fort Worth, Texas, who on Monday had said he might follow the lead of KU coach Roy Williams and leave Mt. Oread in the wake of Williams' decision to take over as coach at North Carolina.

Williams' news conference transcript

Here's the transcript from Roy Williams' statement during his news conference Wednesday in Chapel Hill.

Self tops candidate list

Former KU aide has reasons to stay at Illinois

Bill Self of Illinois probably is the leading candidate to replace Roy Williams as Kansas University's men's basketball coach.

Recruits stunned by move

Wilkes 'pretty sure' he'll come to KU anyway

Kansas University's incoming freshman class generally is regarded as one of the best in the country, a deep, talented group former KU coach Roy Williams referred to as a "core" class.

On the street

Williams a Heel now

Jayhawks stung by mentor's choice to return to Carolina

Wayne Simien shook his head sadly as he stormed out of Allen Fieldhouse late Monday afternoon.

Woodling: Family ties influenced decision

Many of those who wondered what Roy Williams would do -- including me -- figured if Williams followed his heart he would go to North Carolina, but if he used his brain he would remain at Kansas University.

Pollard feels betrayed by coach's departure

Former Kansas University forward Scot Pollard was so upset by Roy Williams' decision to leave KU for North Carolina, the Sacramento Kings veteran made an unsolicited phone call to the Journal-World late Monday night.

Coach's decision stuns Jayhawk fans

Yes, Roy Williams is leaving Lawrence. But no, City Manager Mike Wildgen isn't going to order the city's flag lowered to half-staff.

6News video: Fans say goodbye at airport

6News reports on the sendoff former KU head coach Roy Williams received as he left Lawrence on Monday.

Goodbye, Roy

Kansas is no place like home for Williams

This time, Roy Williams simply could not say no to the call of his alma mater.