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Roy Williams: UNC Basketball Coach Collapses In Middle Of Game — Is He OK?

Wed, February 10, 2016 9:34am EST by 1 Comment
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Fans of the North Carolina Tar Heels were given a serious scare on Feb. 9. UNC’s basketball coach Roy Williams collapsed during a game with Boston College and he even had to be escorted off the court. Is he going to be all right? Click to watch this terrifying moment.

It was just another normal basketball game between the University of North Carolina and Boston College. But the game stopped dead in its tracks when UNC’s coach, Roy Williams, 65, suddenly doubled over before falling to the floor!

There were only 14 minutes left in the half of the Feb. 9 game when Roy got dizzy and collapsed, according to ESPN. One moment, UNC’s coach was arguing with the ref and the next, he was on the floor of Boston College’s Conte Forum. Roy’s team tried to help their coach back to his feet, but officials didn’t want to take any chances. They had him sit out the rest of the game in the locker room and under observation.

This shock must have given the Tar Heels the motivation to win the game. They were trailing by the tine of Coach William’s health scare, but when the final buzzer sounded, North Carolina had beaten Boston College, 68-65. Roy then came out to celebrate the victory with his team.

“I’m alive. I’m kicking” UNC’s coach said afterward. “I’ve had some vertigo attacks over the last 17 or 18 years. This is the first time I really had one during a game.” The Tar Heels coach also said, “every attack that I’ve had is when I’ve jerked my head quickly.” It seemed he triggered the dizzy-attack after snapping his head away from the ref.

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“We know he’ll be back out there for us,” North Carolina sophomore Justin Jackson told ESPN. “He’s our leader. We’ll rely on him and know he’ll be back out there. We’ve seen it before, not in a game, but we’ve seen it before, and he’s been fine after a little bit.”

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Roy also gave props to the Boston College Eagles for the close game. “For him to come back out and congratulate our kids on their effort speaks volumes as to why he’s a Hall of Fame coach,” Boston coach Jim Christian said, according to the Washington Times. “He really wanted to congratulate them. And deservedly so. Anybody who saw this game today saw a lot of heart, a lot of character.” They also got a really big scare — but thankfully, Roy is all right!

Are you glad that UNC’s coach is okay, HollywoodLifers?