UNC coach Roy Williams has surgery to remove tumor, school says
September 19th, 2012
01:07 PM ET

UNC coach Roy Williams has surgery to remove tumor, school says

University of North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams underwent surgery this morning to remove a tumor from his right kidney, UNC sports information director Steve Kirschner said in a statement.

“The surgery went well and according to plan,” Dr. Eric Wallen, professor of urology at UNC, said in a statement. “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.”

The school said the tumor was found during a physical earlier this month. The surgery took three and a half hours, the school said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Williams and his family for a full recovery,” says UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. “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.”

Williams is set to begin his 10th season as the head coach of the UNC Tar Heels. He has the fourth highest winning percentage in college basketball and is first among active coaches.


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  1. HowtoSPOTafailedConservative

    EASY > they are then reborn as French libertines posing as outlawed and victimized @libertarians@

    Failed policy... no conservation, just pure consumption promising a @new creation@. 🙂

    September 20, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Thomas

    Adversity is the mother of success. God bless you my friend.

    September 20, 2012 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sinfully Yours

    Schwarzenegger: "There ain't no tumah...NOW!"

    September 20, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. You're Sinful

    As are all of US. hagm

    September 20, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |

    Must be KANSAS and the U.S. military .... its a jezzzusss thing- Escape into green and Jack Daniels.

    September 20, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sun Devil

    Tarheel basketball is a class act. Best wishes for you to get better soon, coach.

    Now, Tarheel football? What a mess.

    September 20, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dave

    I guess you haven't been following Dan Kane's work. All athletics is now suspect in at UNC.

    September 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
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