Hall of Fame basketball coach Roy Williams underwent surgery Wednesday morning to remove a tumor from his right kidney.
The tumor was discovered during a physical earlier this month and the procedure took 3 ½ hours, according to a release issued by the university. Williams, 62, is also expected to coach when the Tar Heels begin practice for the 2012-13 season on Oct 13. The coach may have a second surgery to remove a tumor from his left kidney at a later date which could be sidelined for a few practices.
"The surgery went well and according to plan," said Dr. Eric Wallen, professor of urology at UNC, who led the surgical team. "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."
Williams has won two national titles as coach of the Tar Heels, in 2005 and '09. He has taken seven teams to the Final Four – three at North Carolina and four at his previous stop, Kansas. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.
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