UNC's Roy Williams joins the Gamecocks in dugout

GoGamecocks staff reportsMay 4, 2013 

South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook, left, and athletics director Ray Tanner laugh with North Carolina head basketball coach Roy Williams prior to the start of the Gamecocks game against Vanderbilt at Carolina Stadium.

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

South Carolina welcomed a celebrity head coach into its dugout at Carolina Stadium for Saturday's game against Vanderbilt.

UNC basketball coach Roy Williams bid $3,000 at the Reece Holbrook Win Anyway Foundation benefit in 2012 to sit in USC baseball coach Chad Holbrook's dugout this spring.

Williams chose Saturday to sit with the Gamecocks.

He joined forces last year with Holbrook, a longtime friend, as they continued their efforts to fight pediatric cancer.

Holbrook sat on Williams' bench this past season when the Tar Heels took on Miami. Holbrook, a UNC alumnus who played and coached baseball in Chapel Hill from 1990 to 2008, earned his spot on the UNC bench thanks to a $6,500 bid he made at the Fast Break Against Cancer breakfast, a charity auction that Williams hosts annually during mid-October in the Dean Smith Center.

Holbrook's 10-year-old son Reece was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was 2. After more than three-and-a-half years of treatment, Reece's cancer went into remission five years ago, and Williams was instrumental in providing emotional and financial support for the Holbrook family.

Williams' annual breakfast had even more poignancy after he had what turned out to be a benign tumor removed from his kidney in September.

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