SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ Notre Dame basketball coach Matt Doherty has received permission to talk to North Carolina officials about the school's coaching job.

Doherty, a former North Carolina player, was headed to North Carolina on Friday after a visit to the Nike basketball camp in Indianapolis, WSBT-TV reported.

Philadelphia 76ers coach Larry Brown, another former North Carolina player, also has been granted permission to speak to North Carolina about the job. On Thursday, Kansas coach Roy Williams turned down an offer to coach the Tar Heels.

Doherty, 38, has four years remaining on his five-year contract. In his first season at Notre Dame, he led the Irish to a 22-15 record _ their best record in more than a decade.

Doherty was not speaking to the news media, a representative of the Notre Dame basketball office told WSBT.

Bill Guthridge retired as North Carolina's coach last week.