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25 years ago: Roy Williams named as new KU coach

July 8, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 8, 1988:

  • Roy Williams was announced today as the new Kansas University men's basketball coach. "Following the job Larry Brown did isn't going to be easy," Williams said this morning after the announcement. "I'm going to try to be Roy Williams. I'm going to do the best job I can do.... Instead of making suggestions I'm making decisions now," he said, referring to his ten years as assistant coach at North Carolina. "It's a big adjustment, but I'll try to get through it." Kansas athletic director Bob Frederick, who had talked to several head coaches during the search, stressed that he had no qualms about hiring an assistant coach to take over the NCAA championship team. "I felt he could step in and do the job. I don't think I would have considered any assistant other than Roy or other program than the one he was in.... It was the recommendation of Dean Smith, No. 1," said Frederick, who had talked to the North Carolina head coach for over two hours recently, "and No. 2 because of everything I was able to check out about him. And No. 3 because of my personal feeling when I talked to him."
  • Chances weren't looking good for Lone Star flood victims to receive federal aid. Officials from the state emergency preparedness office and the Federal Emergency Management Agency this week had determined that uninsured losses in the previous week's flood probably wouldn't be enough to secure small-business or federal grants and loans. Dale Creed, Douglas County's emergency preparedness coordinator, said that the county would continue to search for funding options as Lone Star residents continued their cleanup efforts.

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