Roy Williams has surgery to remove kidney tumor

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams underwent surgery to have a tumor removed from his kidney, the school announced today.

Andrew Carter of the Charlotte Observer reports via a source that doctors do not know yet if the tumor was cancerous.

A source close to the situation told The News & Observer that it was not yet known whether the tumor was cancerous. Williams might have to undergo another surgery next month, but he is not expected to miss any time once the regular season begins in mid-November.

Dr. Eric Wallen, a professor of urology at UNC, performed Williams’ surgery at UNC Hospitals.

“The surgery went well and according to plan,” Dr. Wallen said. “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.”

The 62-year-old Williams is expected to be ready when practice starts October 12.

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