Roy Williams still has a soft spot in his heart for Kansas, where he spent 15 years coaching before taking the job at Carolina, and on Monday he will return to Lawrence to be honored during the school’s Late Night at the Phog celebration.
On Monday, as Kansas stages “Celebrating 60 Years,” Williams will be among the guests of honor when the Jayhawks fraternity gathers in recognition of six decades of basketball in the Phog. He will be joined by former coaches Ted Owens and Larry Brown, as well as current coach Bill Self, who conceived the event along with his wife, Cindy.
“I haven’t actually been in Allen Fieldhouse since the last practice before we went to the Final Four in 2003,” Williams told the Kansas City Star. “I’ve said this, and I really believe this from the bottom of my soul: I think it’s the greatest home-court advantage in college basketball and maybe in any sport, whatsoever.”
Kansas fans were salty when Williams bolted for his alma mater 11 years ago, but it seems as if time away has softened the hearts of the Jayhawk faithful and Roy will be welcomed at Allen Fieldhouse with open arms. Not sure how I’d feel about this if I was a Carolina fan though.