The time off is not something he wants to make permanent anytime soon.
Williams, 62, told an audience of 500 at a speaking appearance in Wilmington on Monday that he could see himself coaching at North Carolina for up to a decade.
"If I stay healthy, I'd like to coach for another six to 10 years," Williams said, according to the Greater Wilmington Business Journal. "I don't want to garden. I don't want to go to work. [As UNC basketball coach] every day I get to do what I want to do."
If Williams were to coach into his 70s and North Carolina remains a national power under his leadership, he could make a serious assault on the record books.
Williams has won 675 games in 24 seasons as head coach at Kansas and North Carolina. At that 28-wins-per-year pace, Williams would need eight years to be on the verge of joining Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight as the only Division I coaches to eclipse the 900-win plateau.
Surely Williams is sandbagging a bit, but it doesn't sound as though he's confident next season's North Carolina team will keep up that 28-win pace. Asked how he expects the ACC preseason poll to look, Williams said, "I think Duke will be No. 1, and State will be No. 2. [North Carolina] will probably be No. 4 or 5."
Fourth or fifth? Even with four first-round draft picks off to the NBA and some youthful replacements who still need to prove themselves, it's hard to see North Carolina finishing outside the ACC's top three.
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