North Carolina coach Roy Williams discharged from hospital following surgery
Steve Kirschner, North Carolina Senior Associate AD for Communications confirmed that Roy Williams had a “medical procedure” performed on Wednesday.
"Williams underwent a robotic partial nephrectomy at University of North Carolina Hospitals this morning to remove a tumor from his right kidney,” stated Steve Kirschner.
Professor of urology at UNC, Dr. Eric Wallen along with Dr. Mathew Raynor led a surgical team in the three and a half hour long procedure.
Initial evaluations may require up to a week to determine whether the tumor was malignant or benign – which in turn will impact the decision of scheduling another surgery to remove further tumors next month, from the left kidney.
"The surgery went well and according to plan. Coach Williams did great,” said Eric Wallen. “I fully expect him to coach this season and for years to come.”
Dr. Eric Wallen stated that although Roy Williams may be back on court to prior to the start of Tar Heels’ regular season, he can be miss a few practices if the second surgery is required.
The Hall of Fame coach discovered about the tumor only last month after undergoing a physical. However, North Carolina assistant coach Steve Robinson stated on Wednesday that Roy Williams “felt a little uncomfortable over the last couple of weeks and felt like something wasn't quite right."
Roy Williams kept to his business until Tuesday, a day before the surgery, and was only forced to cancel a recruiting trip that day due to harsh weather conditions. The 62-year-old Roy Williams didn’t inform his players about the tumor and consequent surgery until late Tuesday night.
The 25-year college head coach Roy Williams is entering his tenth season of coaching the Tar Heels, after the 2004 season of head coaching Chapel Hill.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Williams and his family for a full recovery," North Carolina Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham released in a statement. ““Obviously his health and prognosis are my greatest concerns… (But) we will be ready for his return as soon as he is able to do so.”
“The basketball team is…in outstanding hands with Steve Robinson, C.B. McGrath, Hubert Davis and Joe Holladay,” continued Bubba Cunningham. “And I know they will do an excellent job as Coach Williams recuperates.”
The coaching responsibilities of the Tar Heels will be divided-up amongst, director of football operations Joe Holladay, director of player relations Eric Hoots, long-time assistant coaches Steve Robinson and C.B. McGrath, as well as newly hired assistant coach Hubert Davis.
"You know, Coach has always built every program he's ever (had) on consistency and he's run a program," stated C.B. McGrath. "All of our veterans know what they're supposed to do…So things are going to be fine as usual with the program."
The Tar Heels play their season-opener against Gardner-Webb on 9th November.