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“I didn’t know anything about college basketball, to be honest with you,” Williams said recently. “But I knew how to say ‘Yes, sir,’ and ‘No, sir.’ I wasn’t scared to work, and I knew that being polite and being honest would at least give you a chance.”

He eventually landed a $400-per-month assistant job at Texas-Arlington in 1994, and worked his way up the ladder.

“I just knew that the only chance I had as a non-player, as no one that was connected to anybody associated with anybody in college athletics, was to wake up early, be very hard and diligent and effective and efficient in my work, to always tell the truth and to always try to treat people the right way,” Williams said.