The university later confirmed the fall was related to his vertigo, according to play-by-play announcer Jones Angell. Steve Robinson, the former Florida State coach and now Tar Heel assistant, took over for Williams. Williams was cheered on his way out and lifted his hand to acknowledge the applause.
"We just needed to refocus", Williams said. Even Clemson head coach Brad Brownell made sure the officials stopped the game to see what was wrong with Williams.
"I'm not going to croak on anybody".
"It was not an easy decision to make, but in my heart, I feel that it is the right one", Elliott said in a statement.
After another home game on Tuesday, the Tar Heels have their first ACC series on the road next weekend at No. 16 Clemson. "I started feeling a heck of a lot better, but he [Robinson] was up six or seven and I didn't want to jinx it".
"I thought our defense was phenomenal today", Williams said.
That was also when Williams went down, the team saying he turned his head quickly and experienced an episode of vertigo, something he's had happen before during games.
This isn't the first case of vertigo - which causes a sense of whirling and a loss of balance - for the 68-year-old Williams. "I'm really proud of our guys, but North Carolina...they are just very good". "We wanted him to stay but totally understand that he's got some other things". "At times, offensively, I thought we were just sort of moving the ball around but not with as much objective, so we got back the goal". I'm only going to do this once every two or three years, but I don't do it intentionally.
North Carolina and Virginia are tied for first place atop the league standings, one game ahead of Duke, with three games remaining in the regular season.