GUTHRIDGE STEPS DOWN: WILLIAMS TAKES OVER?

North Carolina Tar Heel Head Basketball Coach Bill Guthridge will reportedly
resign today, according to an ESPN report. The report states that sources
close to the program have indicated that Guthridge made his decision on
Thursday and will step down today. North Carolina has scheduled a news
conference on campus at 2:30 PM Eastern Time.

According to AP reports, University of Kansas Coach Roy Williams will
succeed Guthridge. Williams, a Carolina native and former Tar Heel
assistant, met with Kansas athletic director Bob Fredrick on Thursday.
Fredrick was hoping to convince Williams to stay but now he may have to focus
on hiring a new coach.

Guthridge was 80-28 in his three seasons at the helm of one of the most
prestigious programs in the country. He took over the program from Dean
Smith after serving as Smith’s assistant for 30 years. He led the Tar Heels
to the Final Four in two of those three seasons, including a surprising trip
this past year after Guthridge and the program had suffered through many
criticisms for not living up to expectations.

Apparently, Guthridge is looking to finish out the remaining two years of
his contract working in some capacity for the school. It has been stated
that the decision to step down is all his.

Kansas may now have to take a look at possible replacements for Williams. Hiring a
replacement quickly becomes a high priority as the summer recruiting period
begins July 8. Names that you could possibly be hearing associated with the
opening include, current Utah Head Coach Rick Majerus, former Kansas
assistant and current Notre Dame Head Coach Matt Doherty, current Seton Hall
Coach Tommy Ammaker, former Kansas assistant and current Florida St. Head
Coach Steve Robinson, and former Kansas assistant and current Tennessee Head
Coach Jerry Green.

Reportedly, Frederick is also interested in the services of Rick Pitino. The
current coach of the Boston Celtics recently spoke with the Miami Hurricanes
about their position. He has not had the success at Boston that he had hoped
and is rumored to be looking to getting back to the college game.