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UNC Basketball’s Williams Recovering From Kidney Tumor Surgery

Sept. 19 (Bloomberg) -- 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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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