Even before his star player got hurt, Roy Williams figured Larry Fedora could use a friendly ear.
So the North Carolina basketball coach recently went to Fedora’s radio show to support the Tar Heels’ football coach.
“I said there’s a lot of people who are going to be here when you’re winning,” Williams said. “I thought I’d come, I knew I’d get a seat tonight.”
UNC’s football team has a 1-7 record and has lost five straight games. Fedora’s sixth team has been decimated by injuries.
UNC will start the basketball season without guard Joel Berry, who broke a bone in his right hand. Williams recounted going to a football game earlier in the season and looking at the depth chart.
“I think somebody told me that of our 44 guys on that two-deep chart, we’ve lost 16 of them,” Williams said. “That’s a huge blow.”
Williams also pointed out that Fedora hadn’t planned on quarterback Mitch Trubisky (he was the second overall pick) or running back Elijah Hood (a seventh-round pick) leaving for the NFL draft.
Add all the injuries to the personnel turnover and the season has gotten away from Fedora.
“It’s just a snowstorm,” Williams said. “It’s a snowball that has gotten bigger and bigger.”
The difficult season doesn’t change Williams’ opinion of Fedora, who led the Heels to 11 wins in 2015 and a Coastal Division title.
“He’s a big-time coach, a big-time person,” Williams said. “There’s nobody pulling harder for him than I am.”
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