North Carolina coach Roy Williams will be back at practice this weekend after he underwent successful kidney surgery to remove a tumor on his right kidney three weeks ago.
Doctors originally thought the tumor on Williams' right kidney was cancerous, but it was determined to be a benign growth. Williams said Thursday he plans to "smell the roses a heck of a lot more" after the September surgery:
''It does change you. Anybody that says it doesn't, they're a lot stronger or more wacko than I am. I really want to coach this team. And you know what's going to happen next year? I'm really going to want to coach that team again, too.''
Williams said he wants to coach UNC for at least another six to 10 years.
''You always have people say when you hear that word that it knocks you for a loop,'' Williams said. ''And it does. You're off the charts in every different direction. But I told my team that I was going to coach this team. And I felt that way."
Doctors also found a tumor on Williams' left kidney, but that was also benign. It was not surgically removed, but its growth will be monitored every six months.
University of North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams was informed on Tuesday that the tumor removed from his right kidney on Sept. 19 was benign. The tumor is classified as an oncocytoma, which is a tumor that does not spread and is often indistinguishable on x-rays.
Williams still has a tumor on his left kidney, but doctors are optimistic that it is also benign because the tumor on his right was oncocytoma. If this turns out to be the case, a second surgery will not be required. The coach is scheduled to undergo a biopsy of the area next week.
Williams expressed gratitude for the work of the medical staff led by Dr. Eric Wallen, as well as the support from his family, friends and fans. Via GoHeels.com:
"There is still work to be done, but we will continue to deal with that over the next few weeks and get through it with the help of first-rate medical care and the continued support of my family and our extended family and friends through Carolina Basketball."
North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball coach Roy Williams' underwent successful kidney surgery to remove a tumor on his right kidney, according to Andy Katz. More encouraging news is that Williams is expected to recover and be ready to coach in time for the Tar Heels' first practice on Oct. 13.
WRAL in Raleigh, N.C., has reported that there is the possibility that Williams may undergo a second procedure on his left kidney at some point in October. The radio station has also reported that Williams has dealt with many ailments, including vertigo, because of his kidney condition.
There is no official word yet from the University of North Carolina regarding Williams' plans. North Carolina's Midnight Madness event is scheduled for Oct. 12 with their exhibition game scheduled to be against Shaw University from Raleigh, N.C. on Oct. 26.
North Carolina basketball head coach Roy Williams had surgery to remove a tumor from his kidney on Wednesday, WRAL News is reporting. The station is also reporting that Williams is also scheduled to have another procedure on his left kidney in October.
The station reports that Williams, 62, has battled various ailments that have been tied to his kidney condition:
Williams has dealt with vertigo, an inner ear condition that impacts balance, since 2007. Although it hasn’t caused Williams to miss any games, the vertigo symptoms have forced him to sit down at times during games.
There has been no official statement from UNC regarding Williams. The Tar Heels are scheduled to start their season Oct. 12 with their "Late Night With Roy" exhibition, with an exhibition game against Shaw scheduled for Oct. 26.