Roy Williams' Second Kidney Tumor Benign After Biopsy

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2012

ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 25:  Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts as he coaches in the first half against the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Midwest Regional Final at Edward Jones Dome on March 25, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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North Carolina basketball head coach Roy Williams' tumor on his left kidney was revealed to be benign according to a report from the Associated Press coming out of Chapel Hill.

According to Dr. Eric Wallen, Williams' tumor will not require surgery and he should be able to continue his normal day-to-day activities in time for the beginning of the preseason next week, although doctors will continue to monitor his recovery.

Williams had a similar tumor removed in a three-and-a-half hour operation on September 19 on his right kidney.

This isn't the first time that the 62-year-old Williams has run into some health issues. Williams was forced to coach with his arm in a sling while recovering from a torn labrum three years ago and has had numerous bouts with back pain.

The news that Williams' tumor is benign and shouldn't cause further complications is great news to the North Carolina basketball community as well as college basketball fans in general. Williams is one of college basketball's top coaches and has led the Tar Heels to the NCAA tournament in eight of his nine seasons with the team.

The Tar Heels begin the preseason ranked No. 13 in the nation and will kick off the season November 9 at home against Gardner-Webb.