Chapel Hill, NC, United States (4E Sports) – North Carolina Tar Heels men’s basketball head coach Roy Williams feels ‘blessed’ after undergoing a surgery to remove a benign kidney tumor on his kidney last month, the two-time NCAA tournament champion said Thursday.
The 62-year-old Williams is scheduled to have another biopsy to determine if the tumor on his left kidney is also non-cancerous but the Tar Heels coach is optimistic he can survive the battle of his life.
“It’s pretty emotional at times, but I got such great care at the hospital, and the outpouring from the North Carolina people, and the other people in the coaching profession, my friends, my foxhole buddies, have just been off the charts,” said Williams.
Williams said the original plan is to have at least two surgeries, although he may not undergo another procedure if the tumor on his left kidney is benign.
However, if doctors need Williams to go under the knife for the second time in two months, then the Tar Heels bench tactician is expected to miss practice sessions but will not likely miss games.
The Tar Heels will start their 2012-2013 college basketball buildup with “Late Night With Roy Williams” on Oct. 12 and open their season against the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs.