CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Five days after North Carolina held a press conference in the Dean E. Smith Center to announce the retirement of 18-year head coach Roy Williams, the school held another one to introduce former standout player and nine-year assistant coach Hubert Davis as the next head men’s basketball coach.
Davis sat front and center with athletic director Bubba Cunningham and university chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz on either side of him. His family was in the front row to his right, seated alongside Williams. Former players gathered, as did a few current players who are in town to watch Davis be formally introduced as the new leader of the Carolina program.
Davis, who was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., began with an emotional opening statement about his journey to this point; how he had two Division I scholarship offers from George Mason and George Washington and Dean Smith told him he should take one of them rather than play at UNC. After Davis explained to Smith that he would work harder than anyone else and earn his spot, the Hall of Fame head coach offered him a scholarship two days later and Davis committed on the spot. Thirty-three years later, Davis is now the head coach of the program.
In the Q&A portion of his press conference, Davis answered questions about offensive and defensive schemes, play style, his recruiting approach, what it means to be the program’s first Black head coach and how his faith and family plays a role in the type of coach he’s going to be.
You can read all of this and more from his introductory press conference below …
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