The road that King Rice took to get to where he is today was long and winding.
Today, the former North Carolina point guard is leading one of the best mid-major programs in the country, but that wasn’t always a given. In 1996, he was in rehab after a DUI he received as an assistant coach at Illinois State. In 2003, he was out of college coaching and was relying on his mentor, Roy Williams, to help him land a job.
There is a lot that goes into the King Rice story, but just a basic understanding of what he went through should tell you all you need to know about why he was so emotional following UNC’s 102-74 win over the Hawks on Wednesday night.