NCAA rules usually prevent teams from traveling to a road game more than 48 hours before tipoff, and since UNC plays LBSU on Nov. 16 at 11 p.m. ET, the Tar Heels would not have been allowed to leave RDU prior to 11 p.m. on Nov. 14 without a waiver. Williams was concerned that would mean spending $120,000 on a charter flight if the team wanted to leave late Wednesday night.
But UNC associate athletics director Clint Gwaltney, who now is in charge of the team’s scheduling, said the Tar Heels were actually granted the NCAA waiver last week, before Williams’ comments. The school and Williams had not received word that the early departure had been OK’d before he talked about the issue, Gwaltney said.
So the team will leave on a commercial flight for LBSU after classes on Wednesday, Nov. 14. After that game, the Tar Heels head to Hawaii to play in the Maui Invitational on Nov. 19, 20 and 21.