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North Carolina’s Roy Williams Has Surgery to Remove Tumor from Kidney

| by Alex Groberman

Roy Williams, North Carolina's Hall of Fame basketball coach, had surgery on Wednesday to remove a tumor from his right kidney.

Although there isn’t much information available on whether the tumor was benign or not, school officials have indicated that the procedure went smoothly.

"The surgery went well and according to plan," Dr. Eric Wallen, professor of urology at UNC, said in a statement (via ESPN).

"Coach Williams did great. I fully expect him to coach this season and for years to come. He could miss some practice time if we perform another procedure sometime in October, but he would be able to resume his coaching duties prior to the start of the regular season."

As noted by the World Wide Leader, Williams’ tumor apparently didn’t prevent him from handling business right up until the day of the surgery. Per that same ESPN report: “He worked until the day before the surgery; the only reason he canceled a scheduled recruiting trip Tuesday was due to inclement weather.” What that says about the severity of this situation is questionable, though.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Williams and his family for a full recovery," UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. "Obviously his health and prognosis are my greatest concerns. He's in great hands with the medical staff at UNC Hospitals. The basketball team is also in outstanding hands with Steve Robinson, CB McGrath, Hubert Davis and Joe Holladay.

"As Coach Williams frequently says, he has the best staff in the country and I know they will do an excellent job as Coach Williams recuperates. We will be ready for his return as soon as he is able to do so, but I have stressed to him that he returns only when he has been given the medical approval and he is ready to do that. Hopefully that will be soon and for a long, long time to come."

North Carolina has a Late Night with Roy Williams event scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12. As of right now, there don’t appear to be any plans to cancel it.

(Kudos ESPN)

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