In the first half of North Carolina’s game against Clemson, Roy Williams, coach of the Tar Heels, fell to one knee. It was another episode of vertigo for Williams, who is doing alright now.
In the middle of Saturday night’s UNC-Clemson game, coach Roy Williams encountered another bout of vertigo, requiring help back to the locker room. Williams is 68 years old, and has openly talked about his struggles with vertigo. Vertigo is often a sign of another medical issue, but the symptom itself causes those with vertigo to feel dizzy and faint.
Coach Williams did feel better towards the start of the second half, but did not end up returning. His assistant coach, Steve Robinson, led the Tar Heels to a close 81-79 victory.
North Carolina led 75-68 with 2:16 to go after a three pointer made by senior Cameron Johnson.
After some sloppy play, Clyde Trapp makes a three pointer and later two free throws to cut the lead to 78-77 with 18 seconds left to play. Kenny Williams then makes two free throws, extending the lead to 3 with 12 seconds left.
The Tar Heels proceed to foul, giving Shelton Mitchell a pair of free throws, which he makes, leaving 10 seconds in the game. Clemson proceeds to foul Kenny Williams, who only makes one out of his two free throws, but Shelton Mitchell turns the ball over after claiming a defensive rebound, leading to the end of the game.
Coby White had another impressive game for the Tar Heels, scoring 28 points, grabbing 6 rebounds, and dishing out 5 assists while shooting 9-16 from the field and 6-11 from downtown. He did end up with 5 turnovers, but the lightning-quick freshman seems to be finding his groove towards the end of the season. Cameron Johnson added 19 points on 6-8 shooting from 3 for UNC, another solid performance from the reliable senior.
For the Tigers, Marcquise Reed had a great showing, scoring 24 points on 10-16 shooting and nabbing 5 steals in the loss. Clyde Trapp played well down the stretch, finishing with 15 points and cutting the deficit to just 1 with 18 seconds left. Unfortunately for both players, North Carolina didn’t intend on losing the game, ultimately winning by 2.
Not the first case of vertigo for Williams
The match against Clemson was not the first time Williams encountered vertigo during a game. Back in 2016, Williams also collapsed during a game against Boston College. Williams has suffered from a form of vertigo called benign positional vertigo for nearly 20 years.
Benign positional vertigo causes a person to become dizzy when they jerk their head in a certain way. Against Boston College, Williams jerked his head while talking to a referee, which led to his collapse shortly after. That incident was the first time Williams had a dizzy episode during a game, but with his collapse against Clemson, it is now a recurring issue.
North Carolina is having a great season behind solid play from seniors Luke Maye and Cameron Johnson, while also infusing young blood in the form of freshman Coby White. The Tar Heels are 24-5 on the season, including a victory over rival Duke (although Zion’s shoe blew out in the first minute, causing a knee injury) just a few weeks ago.
Coach Roy’s health hasn’t seemed to be an issue for the team, but with a second occurence during a game, hopefully the man seeks medical advice to make sure he’s staying healthy. Basketball is a game, but if he’s not healthy enough to coach, he shouldn’t hurt himself to try. Maybe Williams is alright and just needs to take it easier – only he knows.