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UNC's Williams 'elated' for Haase

In a statment released Monday night, North Carolina coach Roy Williams expressed his happiness for assistant coach Jerod Haase, who was announced as UAB's new head coach.

"I am elated for both Jerod and UAB,'' Williams said in the statement released by UNC. "This will be a great marriage. He is one of the finest young men I have ever known. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind he is going to be a great head coach.

"The people at UAB can count on the fact that Jerod will spend every single day continuing to build a great program there. He has tremendous work ethic and enthusiasm and will bring imagination to the basketball staff and program. He is a tireless worker and will have a great deal of passion for not only the basketball program, but the entire university community."

Haase worked for Williams for 13 seasons -- including the last nine at UNC. He also played for Kansas under Williams, graduating in 1997.

It will be interesting to see how Williams chooses to fill Haase's position, especially considering the staff has been together for so long. Steve Robinson, Joe Holladay, Haase and C.B. McGrath all moved with Williams from Kansas to UNC. Three years ago, Holladay moved from assistant coach to Director of Basketball Operations so Haase and McGrath could get more bench experience, but that's been the only significant change to the coaching staff that had been made since Williams became coach in 2003. Until now.