UNC Coach Roy Williams (image credit Streeter Lecka/Getty)
Chapel Hill, NC (written by Nicole Auerbach/USA Today) -- University of North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams had surgery Wednesday morning to have a tumor removed from his right kidney.
The school announced that Eric Wallen, professor of urology at UNC, and co-surgeon Mathew Raynor led the team that operated on Williams. The surgery took took 3½f hours to complete. Williams might have a second surgery to remove a tumor from his left kidney at a later date and could be sidelined for a few practices.
Wallen said that Williams should be able to coach when the Tar Heels begin practice Oct. 13.
"The surgery went well and according to plan," Wallen said in a statement. "Coach Williams did great. I fully expect him to coach this season andfor years to come. He could miss some practice time if we perform anotherprocedure sometime in October, but he would be able to resume his coachingduties prior to the start of the regular season."
UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham said his "thoughts and prayers" were with Williams and his family for a full recovery. Cunningham said he will not rush Williams to return before he's healthy and ready.
During nine seasons at UNC, Williams has led the Tar Heels to a 257-68 (.793) record. His UNC teams have won two national championships (2005, 2009).
The team is scheduled to open the season Nov. 9.
WRAL radio in Raleigh, N.C., first reported the news just before noon Wednesday.
WRAL also pointed out that Williams, 62, has dealt with other health issues in recent years. He has had vertigo, an inner ear condition that affects balance, since 2007, which hasn't caused Williams to miss any games.