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North Carolina Coach Roy Williams has surgery to remove tumor

North Carolina basketball Coach Roy Williams underwent 3 1/2 hours of surgery Wednesday to remove a tumor on his right kidney.

Doctors said they did not know whether the tumor was cancerous but were confident Williams could soon resume his coaching duties.

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“The surgery went well and according to plan,” Dr. Eric Wallen, professor of urology at the University of North Carolina, said in a statement. “Coach Williams did great. I fully expect him to coach this season and for years to come. He could miss some practice time if we perform another procedure sometime in October, but he would be able to resume his coaching duties prior to the start of the regular season.”

Williams, 62, is set to begin his 10th season at North Carolina. His teams won NCAA championships in 2005 and 2009.

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