This season has been one to forget for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Injuries have derailed this season for Roy Williams, who has never owned an under .500 record over the course of his career as a head coach.
Not having Cole Anthony for a large portion of this season has certainly affected the Tar Heels, but the reality is a lot of their losses have also been unlucky. They've lost three out of their last four games by one possession.
Williams has won three national championships during his time in Chapel Hill. That should be enough to earn him a long leash, and yet people are still wondering if he could be on his way out due to the team's lack of success this season.
ESPN analyst Jay Bilas appeared on SportsCenter to discuss whether or not this season could be the beginning of the end for Williams' tenure at North Carolina.
Here's what Bilas had to say about Williams, via 247Sports:
“No, not at all,” Bilas said. “This has certainly been a difficult season for Roy Williams. They've had a lot of injuries that have disrupted their continuity, and it's certainly not a vintage North Carolina team no matter what. But they've lost a ton of close games. This is likely to be Roy Williams' first-ever losing season as a coach. First ever. He's one of the best coaches that's ever done this, and next year he's got four McDonald's All-Americans coming in. The talent level is going to shoot up. I think when his talent level shoots up, you'll see that the results have been a complete about face."
Obviously this has been a frustrating year for Williams. Nonetheless, he's still one of the best coaches in the country.
North Carolina recruits at such a high level that Williams won't need much time to get the program back on its feet. The Tar Heels own the No. 3 recruiting class in the country, per 247Sports.
We'll see if Williams can lead the Tar Heels to a strong finish this season. Even if he doesn't, any doubts about his future should come to an end.