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. MikeB

    I hope the tumor removal will make him less of a d-bag.

    September 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lili

      You must be a Duke Fan to say something like that!

      September 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • HeelYeah

      Apparently his team has beaten yours like a drum and, surgery is not always the answer. It clearly did not help you.

      September 19, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kenneth Irving

    Mike B, what a classless thing to say about a decent, hard-working man who just had major surgery to remove a tumor on his kidney.Whether you love the Blue Devils or not isn't the issue. I don't care for coach K when he's coaching Duke basket ball, but if he were lying on a surgical table, I w ould wish him only the best for a speedy recovery. Mike B, you could use a little growing up.

    September 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Most Duke Fans have Class

      Yeah they need to have a seven-day waiting period for IDIOTS wanting to make a post......or at least a test of intelligence.

      September 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RightasRain

    Ease up on Mike. The report says Roy's gonna be fine...and will soon be able to resume his d-bag duties.

    September 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Celeste

    Roy is a class act and always has been. Best wishes from Jayhawk Nation, Coach Williams. We'll see you on the basketball court soon!

    September 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. garry

    As a 10 year survivor of RCC I wish the Coach well. Sorry about the initiation (the surgery) into our little club (RCC survivors), but it beats the alternative.

    September 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. hangar13

    What a bunch of classless posts, I guess I was naive to expect better of CNN's remaining 30 viewers. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Coach Roy.

    September 19, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. william mclaughlin


    September 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. vp

    Hope you're feeling better soon, Roy.

    September 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rlj

    Speedy recovery, Coach Williams. You are a class act. Best wishes from a Jayhawk.

    September 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jennifer

    Prayers are with you Coach Williams- I live in south carolina but am and always will be a TARHEEL!
    looking forward to basketball season

    September 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Seriously?

    ...........you have got to be kidding.

    September 19, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jayhawks80

    Get well Roy. Your are a great coach.

    September 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dave

    Lets pick out Roy's classiest moment:
    1. When he said he din't give a sh$t about Carolina
    2. He would shoot NC State fans in the 'butt'
    3. He threw the Prsbyterian fan out of the Dean Dome for no reason
    4. All of the above

    September 19, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    The timing of this is awfully suspect. Tami Hansbrough gets illegal benefits at Carolina. All of a sudden heads roll and good old Roy is now sick. Guess he won't be able to talk to the NCAA for a while.

    September 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    Best of wish wishes to the Great Coach W from the Purdue University Biolermakers.

    September 19, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
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