Report: UNC coach Roy Williams in surgery to remove tumor

Wednesday September 19th, 2012

UNC basketball coach Roy Williams is reportedly having surgery to remove a tumor from his right kidney. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

North Carolina men's head basketball coach and Basketball Hall of Famer Roy Williams is having surgery to have a tumor removed from his right kidney, reports WRAL News.

Details about the surgery were not available. North Carolina sports information director Steve Kirschner said that Williams is having a medical procedure, but did not specifically say what the procedure is.

Williams has dealt with vertigo, an inner ear condition that impacts balance, since 2007. Although it hasn’t caused Williams to miss any games, the vertigo symptoms have forced him to sit down at times during games.
Williams, 62, has taken his teams to seven NCAA Final Fours and has won two national championship with the Tar Heels since arriving at the school in 2003. He spent his first 15 seasons as a head coach at the University of Kansas.

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