Sect. 140, Row A, Seat 13 is open at the NCAA title game. Here’s why

Before the NCAA final, Williams made a grand gesture to honor Bo Ryan.


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Published Apr 6, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 3:30 am CDT

Forget about the NCAA basketball title. Forget about the North Carolina-Duke rivalry. Forget about everything bad in college basketball and with the NCAA in general.

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When something like this happens—when this kind of generosity is showcased—everybody wins.

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That’s right. Williams, the Tar Heels coach, honored the father of Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan with a heartwarming act just before the biggest game of Ryan’s career.

As ESPN explained, “Bo Ryan and his father, Butch, were inseparable. The man who had taught basketball to underprivileged kids outside of Philly had also taught his son the game and eventually that son became a coaching legend.”

The two were so close that after he became a college coach, Bo Ryan brought his father to the Final Four every year. Unfortunately, Butch Ryan died in 2013 and never would get the chance to see his son coach for a Division I national title.

Williams, though, made Ryan’s day with his poignant tribute.

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*First Published: Apr 6, 2015, 11:46 pm CDT