There were two scary moments during Tuesday night’s game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and Boston College Eagles.
The less important scare involved the fact that lowly BC held a 37-31 lead over the No. 9 Heels. UNC was able to claw their way back and hold on for a 68-65 road victory.
The more important scary moment occurred in the second half when UNC coach Roy Williams stood up fast to argue with an official before turning back towards North Carolina’s bench where he collapsed to one knee and tried to remain upright with the help of players and fellow coaches. He was taken to the locker room and assistant coach Steve Robinson took over head coaching duties.
It was later revealed that Williams’ collapse was “vertigo related,” a condition he has dealt with for years. While he has had spells during games where he needed to take a moment, this is the first time he’s had to leave a game because of it.
Team spokesman Steve Kirschner told reporters that Williams was “doing OK.” After the game, Williams spoke to the media about his condition.
“I’ve had some vertigo attacks over the last seventeen or eighteen years. First time I’ve ever had one during a game. It’s called benign position vertigo.”