UNC Basketball: Tipping off the Season 'Late Night with Roy' Style

Rollin YeattsFeatured ColumnistOctober 11, 2012

Dancing is becoming a tradition—even for Ol' Roy.
Dancing is becoming a tradition—even for Ol' Roy.Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

The 2012 edition of "Late Night with Roy" will be a special one, to say the least.

After a successful surgery and a clean biopsy of the tumors, North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams is ready to coach for "another six to 10 years." That's great news for the basketball program and fans of UNC's fiery leader—not to mention the existence of the school's lengthy and entertaining version of a preseason pep rally.

The enthusiastic Tar Heel crowd is sure to erupt at the mention of Roy's name on Friday night.

He won't be the only one receiving love from the program's die-hard fans packing the Dean Dome. The loss of John Henson, Tyler Zeller, Kendall Marshall and Harrison Barnes to the NBA ushers in four new Tar Heels: Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson, J.P. Tokoto and Joel James.

This is a smart fanbase in Chapel Hill. They understand the significance of these freshmen, and I'm sure they will be given a proper greeting—as well as the eight returners.

Between the health concerns of Roy Williams and the crushing blow of this year's NBA draft, this will be a season like no other. This is one "Late Night with Roy" you don't want to miss.

I've compiled some information for those of you wanting to attend the event and for those of you wanting to watch from the comfort of your own couch. You have no excuse now.


Late Night with Roy

Friday, Oct. 12, 2012


TV/Internet Broadcast

The event will be covered in full on ESPN3, which is accessible from your computer or the WatchESPN app (available on iTunes and Google Play). You must have TV or internet service through Bright House Networks, Comcast, Time Warner Cable or Verizon FiOS TV to access ESPN3.

For those of you that don't fall under those guidelines, Midnight Madness" target="_blank" href="http://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2012/09/2012mm/">"ESPNU Midnight Madness" will be peeking in on various programs' tip-off events, which will include the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Live coverage of "Late Night with Roy" starts at 7:30 p.m. EST on ESPN3. "Midnight Madness" coverage of the night's events will start at 9 p.m. EST and go to midnight.


Chapel Hill

The doors to the Dean E. Smith Center open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free with general admission seating. Members of the General Alumni Association will have 1,300 seats reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. More details on the GAA seating can be found here.



  • All parking is $10 per automobile.
  • No parking for Late Night will be available prior to 4 p.m.
  • Approximately 300 spaces will become available 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Rams Head Deck.
  • Parking will then be on a first-come, first-served basis in the Rams Head Deck as spaces become available toward the end of the work day.
  • The Craige Deck will open at 4 p.m.
  • Parking will become available at 5 p.m. in the Manning and Bowles Lots and in the Jackson Deck.
  • Disability parking will be in the Williamson Lot.

For $5 round-trip, you can save yourself some legwork by hopping on the Tar Heel Express shuttle buses. The buses will start making their runs from the Friday Center at 6:30 p.m.