UNC Coach Roy Williams Reportedly Undergoes Surgery for Tumor

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 19, 2012

CHAPEL HILL, NC - DECEMBER 19:  Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels watches his team play against the Nicholls State Colonels at the Dean Smith Center on December 19, 2011 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 99-49.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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University of North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams is reportedly undergoing surgery on Wednesday to remove a tumor from his kidney.


UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 20 at 2:30 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

In what can only be called very welcome news, North Carolina Basketball's official Twitter feed reported that Williams checked out of the hospital on Thursday. 

Good news: Roy Williams checked out of UNC Hospitals today, one day after surgery. #UNCBBall

— UNC Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) September 20, 2012

It had already been reported that Williams was still going to coach the team, so all that was left was information about his recovery process. The fact that he is headed home is nothing but positive. 

Hopefully Williams is in the clear after having a tumor removed from his kidney on Wednesday. 



UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 1:09 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Roy Williams is expected to rebound from the surgery and will remain the head coach of the Tar Heels going forward, according to a report from NorthCarolina.Scout.com

“The surgery went well and according to plan,” said Dr. Wallen (the co-lead surgeon on Williams' procedure). “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.”

Stay tuned for more information on Williams' status as it becomes available. 

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According to WRAL via Inside Carolina on Twitter, Williams went into surgery on Wednesday morning:

WRAL reporting Roy Williams is in surgery to "have a tumor removed from his kidney."

— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) September 19, 2012


The News & Observer's Andrew Carter reported via Twitter that it is not known how serious the tumor is:

Source close to #UNC says Roy Williams is coming out of surgery now. Said severity of tumor (cancerous/non-cancerous) not yet known.

— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) September 19, 2012


Williams had the surgery to remove a tumor in his right kidney, according to WRAL.

As far as Williams' health is concerned, WRAL also reports that he has been battling vertigo for the last five years. However, his condition has never caused him to miss a game on the sideline. 

The 62-year-old coach is coming off a season in which his Tar Heels went 32-6 and got all the way to the Elite Eight of the 2012 NCAA tournament. 

Williams will begin his 10th season as head coach in Chapel Hill this fall when the new season tips off.

He is 257-68 in nine seasons as head coach at North Carolina. Williams has won two national championships and led the Heels to four Final Fours since taking over in 2003.


Carolina has made the NCAA tournament in eight out of Williams' nine seasons leading the program. 

Williams will have plenty of work to do this winter, though, as his squad lost tons of firepower to the 2012 NBA draft last June. Four of North Carolina's five leading scorers were drafted in the first round of last summer's draft.


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