UNC Basketball’s Williams Recovering From Kidney Tumor Surgery

University of North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams is expected to resume coaching duties prior to the start of practice next month after surgery today to remove a tumor from his right kidney, the school said.

The 62-year-old coach, a two-time national champion and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, was in surgery for 3 1/2 hours this morning, the school’s athletic department said in an e- mailed statement. He is expected to be coaching when the Tar Heels begin practice on Oct. 13.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Williams and his family for a full recovery,” Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham said in the statement. “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.”

Doctors found the tumor during a physical exam this month, according to the school. Williams may have a second procedure on his left kidney later and “could be sidelined for a few practices,” the school said in the release. It gave no details on the tumor.

Williams arrived at the school in Chapel Hill prior to the 2003-04 season after 15 years at the University of Kansas. He led the Tar Heels to National Collegiate Athletic Association championships in 2005 and 2009, and a semifinal appearance in 2008.

He is 675-169 in his coaching career, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.

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