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UNC head coach Roy Williams collapses

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North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams collapses during a timeout against the Boston College Eagles. He was then taken to the locker room.

Williams is doing OK after the health scare. His team was able to hold onto a 68-65 win over the Eagles.

While the No. 9 ranked Tar Heels received the win, the focus was more on their head coach. The veteran coach was not happy with an Atlantic Coast Conference official as the TV broadcast went to a timeout.

That’s when he collapsed in from of the team’s bench. Justin Jackson and several other Tar Heel players were able to catch their coach before he was able to fall onto the ground.

Following the incident, he went to the team’s locker room. There was speculation that it could have been vertigo; however, the school has not confirmed what it was that happened to Williams.

The long-time Tar Heels head coach has been dealing with vertigo since 2007. The inner ear condition affects his balance, and he’s been dealing with this issue during games before.

When he would have to deal with vertigo in the past, he would take a knee. He would also receive some assistance from one of his assistant coaches, as well.

In an update after the game, Williams was able to talk about what happened to him. It’s not known if Williams will have to miss any games from this moving forward.

“What I want to do is tell you I’m alive, I’m well,” Williams told the News & Observer after the game. “I’m kicking. I’m not well, mentally.”

He mentioned after the game that it was a “benign positional vertigo” that caused the issue. In addition, according to the News & Observer, he was emotional when talking about the job that interim head coach Steve Robinson did in leading the team to the win.

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