UNC ups Roy Williams’ contract through 2019-20 season

Roy Williams’ Tar Heels will be a preseason top three team for 2015-16. (USATSI)

Amid an NCAA investigation that could potentially hinder one of the most storied programs in college basketball, the University of North Carolina has opted to extend Roy Williams’ contract through the 2019-20 season.

The move is a clear action to fight back against negative recruiting, which has happened over the past few years against UNC. The school is mired in an academic scandal that the NCAA has addressed as an impermissible-benefits situation, and also levied an allegation of lack of institutional control.

Williams’ new deal also includes a raise and more incentives. His base salary next season will be $408,169. That extends to $595,409 in the final year. There is also deferred compensation that starts at just more than $1.5 million next year and goes up to $1.75 million by the end of the contract.

Incentives for Williams include: $75,000 for every annual APR score that is 975 or better; $25,000 for each NCAA Tournament appearance; $100,000 for winning one NCAA Tournament game; $150,000 each time UNC reaches a Sweet 16; $200,000 each time UNC reaches the Elite Eight, and another $200,000 if the team makes the Final Four; and $250,000 if UNC wins a national title under Williams.

“We are certainly pleased to extend coach Williams’ contract for two years beyond what was already in place,” school AD Bubba Cunningham said.

UNC gets Williams for a 13th season come the fall; his career record is 750-202, and he has a 332-101 mark at Carolina.

“I’ve said I want to coach another six to 10 years, so this contract takes me right to the edge of that, which is good,” Williams said in a statement. “I appreciate the confidence Chancellor Folt and Bubba Cunningham have in my leadership of the basketball program. They’ve demonstrated that with this contract extension, and with their support over the past several years, which have been a challenge for all who love Carolina as I do. I thank them on behalf of our basketball program and me personally.”

North Carolina’s athletic department is in the process of putting together a response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations. Cunningham has said it will likely be filed in August. Williams’ all-important month of on-the-road July recruiting starts in three weeks.

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