|Williams is recovering from surgery and will be ready to go at the start of practices in 17 days. (US Presswire)|
Roy Williams received good news Tuesday when doctors determined that the tumor removed from his right kidney last week was diagnosed as benign.
North Carolina's head coach also has a tumor on his left kidney -- and a biopsy will be performed next week. If it's also oncoctytoma, which is what the tumor turned out to be on his right kidney, he is not expected to have further surgery.
"We are pleased with how well Coach Williams is doing," Dr. Eric Wallen, professor of urology, said in a statement. "If everything continues to progress as expected, he should be back to his normal activities soon."
The 62-year-old Williams, who is expected to be back for the first day of official practice on Oct. 13, enters his 10th season as the head coach at North Carolina after spending 15 at Kansas. He has won a pair of national titles with the Tar Heels in 2005 and 2009.
“Number one, I want to express how overwhelmed I have been by the outpouring of support, concern and good wishes by everyone, especially members of the Carolina Basketball family,” Williams added. “I've just been blown away by the calls, cards, prayers and well-wishes from people all around the world in and out of the basketball community. My family and I are thankful to all that have expressed your concerns."
The tumors were discovered through a routine physical earlier this month and Williams underwent surgery last Wednesday.