Tar Heels coach Williams has surgery to remove tumor

North Carolina men’s head basketball coach Roy Williams underwent surgery Wednesday to remove a tumor from his right kidney, according to multiple media reports.

The school said in a release that the surgery took 3 1/2 hours and that Williams could have another operation at a later date.

“The surgery went well and according to plan,” said Dr. Eric Wallen, who helped perform the operation. “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.”

Williams, 62, has brought seven teams to the NCAA Final Fours and has captured two national championship in since coming to North Carolina in 2003. He also spent 15 years as a head coach at the University of Kansas.

He has suffered from vertigo since 2007. While he hasn’t missed games as a result, symptoms from the condition have caused him to sit down occasionally during games.

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