Roy Williams undergoes surgery to remove tumor - KCTV5

Roy Williams undergoes surgery to remove tumor

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Former University of Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams underwent surgery Wednesday to remove a tumor.

Williams underwent a four-hour surgery to remove a tumor from his right kidney. He may need another procedure to remove a tumor from his left kidney.

Williams is basketball coach at UNC. He joined the UNC staff in 2003 after leaving KU.

UNC Team spokesman Matt Bowers would only confirm that the 62-year-old Hall of Fame coach had a "medical procedure" Wednesday morning.

The tumors were discovered during a physical earlier this year. Doctors said Williams would be able to coach this season and for many years to come. He may miss some time in October if a second procedure is done.

Williams will open practice next month for his 10th season at his alma mater, where he spent 10 years as an assistant to Dean Smith before taking over at Kansas and leading the Jayhawks to four Final Fours. Williams, who has 675 wins in 24 seasons, won NCAA championships with the Tar Heels in 2005 and 2009.

The Tar Heels have won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title and reached the NCAA regional final the past two seasons.

Williams' assistant coaches and players were shocked to learn that he needed the surgery.

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