UNC's head basketball coach Roy Williams underwent surgery this morning to remove a tumor from his right kidney.
The university says the surgery took 3-1/2 hours to complete at UNC Hospitals. Doctors discovered the tumor during a physical earlier this month.
Dr. Eric Wallen, one of two surgeons involved, said the 62-year-old Williams should be able to coach when the Tar Heels begin practice on October 13th. He said the coach may need a second surgery to remove another tumor, this one on his left kidney, sometime later.
“The surgery went well and according to plan,” said Dr. Wallen. “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 will be in his 10th season as head coach at Carolina, and 25th as a college head coach.