CHAPEL HILL, NC (Courtesy UNC sports information) -- University of North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams underwent a robotic partial nephrectomy at UNC Hospitals this morning to remove a tumor from his right kidney.
Dr. Eric Wallen, professor of urology at UNC, and co-surgeon Dr. Mathew Raynor led the surgical team, which took three and a half hours to complete the operation. Doctors discovered the presence of the tumor during a physical earlier this month.
Dr. Wallen says Williams, 62, should be able to coach when the Tar Heels begin practice for the 2012-13 season on Saturday, October 13th. Williams may have a second surgery to remove a tumor from his left kidney at a later date and could be sidelined for a few practices.
"The surgery went well and according to plan," said Dr. Wallen. "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."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Williams and his family for a full recovery," says UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. "Obviously his health and prognosis are my greatest concerns. He's in great hands with the medical staff at UNC Hospitals. The basketball team is also in outstanding hands with Steve Robinson, CB McGrath, Hubert Davis and Joe Holladay. As Coach Williams frequently says, he has the best staff in the country and I know they will do an excellent job as CoachWilliams recuperates. We will be ready for his return as soon as he is able to do so, but I have stressed to him that he returns only when he has been given the medical approval and he is ready to do that. Hopefully that will be soon and for a long, long time to come."
Williams is entering his 10th season as the head coach of the Tar Heels and 25th as a college head coach. He is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, has led Carolina to national championships in 2005 and 2009, another Final Four in 2008, Elite Eights in 2007, 2011 and 2012, five NCAA Tournament No. 1 seeds, seven Associated Press Top 10 final rankings, six ACC regular-season titles, two ACC Tournament crowns, five 30-win seasons and developed 13 first-round NBA Draft picks.
ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News and Fox Sports named him the Coach of the Decade for 2000-2009. Williams led Kansas and Carolina to 33 NCAA Tournament wins in the 2000s, eight more than any other coach.
The Asheville native has directed teams at Kansas and UNC to a record of 675-169. His winning percentage of .800 is the fourth highest in the history of college basketball and No. 1 among active coaches. He is one of 13 coaches to win multiple national championships, joining an illustrious list that includes only two other ACC coaches - Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski.
Carolina is 257-68 (.791) in his nine seasons. He has set UNC coaching records for most wins for one year (36 in 2007-08), two years (70 in 2008-09), three years (101 from 2007-09), four years (124 from 2006-09), five years (157 from 2005-09), six years (176 from 2004-09), seven years (206 from 2005-12) and is tied for the most in any eight-year span (225, tied with 1991-98).
At Carolina, Williams has coached two National Players of the Year (Sean May in 2005, Tyler Hansbrough in 2008), three Bob Cousy Award winners presented to the best point guard in the country (Raymond Felton in 2005, Ty Lawson in 2009, Kendall Marshall in 2012), three ACC Players of the Year (Hansbrough in 2008, Lawson in 2009, Tyler Zeller in 2012), two ACC Athletes of the Year (May in 2005, Hansbrough in 2008), four ACC Rookies of the Year (Marvin Williams in 2005,Hansbrough in 2006, Brandan Wright in 2007, Harrison Barnes in 2011), two Final Four MOPs (May in 2005, Wayne Ellington in 2009) and 16 NBA Draft picks.
"Patti and I send all best wishes to Coach Williams and his family," says Chancellor Holden Thorp. "All of us at Carolina are thinking about him, hoping he recovers quickly and looking forward to having him back with us soon."
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The New York Giants will be without NFC offensive player of the week Hakeem Nicks for Thursday's game against the Carolina Panthers (1-1).
Nicks, a wide receiver, has a foot injury, adding to the list of absentees when the Super Bowl-champion Giants (1-1) play their first road game of the season. New York made the announcement late Wednesday afternoon after already labeling running back Ahmad Bradshaw, offensive tackle David Diehl and another receiver, Domenik Hixon, out as well.
Nicks did not practice this week, but hasn't practiced much since sitting out almost all of training camp while recovering from a broken foot suffered in May. In the initial injury report Wednesday, rookie defensive end Adewale Ojomo also was listed as out.
Bradshaw (neck), Diehl (knee) and Hixon (concussion) were hurt in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay and did not practice this week.
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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW sports release) -- UNCW junior Payne McLeod was named Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Golfer-of-the-Week on Wednesday after finishing tied for 12th at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate last weekend in Chapel Hill, N.C.
McLeod, who was a first-team All-CAA selection as a sophomore, opened the season with an impressive outing in helping the Seahawks finish sixth in a 14-team field that included six teams that played in the 2012 NCAA tournament.
McLeod opened the final day in a tie for 19th overall, but fashioned an even-par-72 to climb seven spots on the leader board and post his 16th career top-20 finish.
The Seahawks return to action on Oct. 1-2, at the Rees Jones Intercollegiate, hosted by South Carolina, on Daufuskie Island, S.C.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW sports release) -- UNCW junior Lori Beth Adams was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Women’s Golfer-of-the-Week on Wednesday.
Adams is the second Seahawk to earn the award in as many weeks as fellow junior Laverry Kumar was recognized last week for her fourth-place finish at the Terrier Intercollegiate.
“It is a well deserved honor for Lori Beth,” said UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho. “She has played excellent golf the past two weeks and has really been a leader for us on the course. Lori Beth is playing with a lot of confidence right now. Her ball striking is solid and her short game has matured over the past two years to where she feels like she can get up and down from anywhere, which takes a lot of pressure off the long game.”
The Burlington, N.C., product was recognized after placing in the top 10 for the second consecutive week with a ninth-place finish at the Cardinal Cup in Simpsonville, Ky.
Adams posted a five-over-par tournament total of 221 (75-73-73) to pace three top-15 performers for the Seahawks as Kumar and freshman Johanna Bjoerk both ended the event tied for 14th.
“The conditions during the final round at Louisville made scoring much more difficult than it had been in the first two rounds,” said Ho. “I was pleased with the way Lori Beth stayed patient, stuck to the game plan and managed to post an excellent score.”
A 2011-12 second-team All-CAA honoree, Adams opened the 2012-13 season with a tie for eighth place at Wofford’s Terrier Intercollegiate earlier in the month. She now has posted five top 10 finishes during her career, including three in her last four tournaments played.
UNCW returns to action Oct. 1-2 when it travels to Glen View, Ill., to take part in the Windy City Collegiate Classic, hosted by Northwestern.
Boys high school soccer
South Brunswick 6, South Columbus 1
West Brunswick 5, East Bladen 0
Whiteville 10, West Bladen 1
West Bladen 1 0 -- 1
Whiteville 5 5 -- 10
Goals: West Bladen - Clay Allen. Whiteville - Collin Rowland 2, Thomas Council 2, Devin Cokley 2, John Morningstar, Akil Green, Torrin Bullock, Gerardo Maggioli
Assists: West Bladen - None. Whiteville - Devin Cokley, Collin Rowland.
Saves: West Bladen - Brett Jackson 9, Anthony Sebastian 1. Whiteville - Robert Powell 1.
Records: West Bladen 3-5 overall, 0-4 in Waccamaw 3A/2A Conference; Whiteville 5-6-1 overall, 1-2 in Waccamaw 3A/2A Conference
1. Wh - Collin Rowland, 15 yards, 12:29, 1st half
2. Wh - Thomas Council, 10 yards, 24:03, 1st half
3. Wh - Devin Cokley, 25 yards, 27:39, 1st half
4. WB - Clay Allen, 5 yards, 31:44, 1st half
5. Wh - Thomas Council, 20 yards, 38:30, 1st half
6. Wh - Collin Rowland, 20 yards, (Assist: Devin Cokley), 39:47, 1st half
7. Wh - John Morningstar, 5 yards, 5:09, 2nd half
8. Wh - Akil Green, 10 yards (Assist: Collin Rowland), 10 yards, 12:20, 2nd half
9. Wh - Torrin Bullock, 10 yards, 18:17, 2nd half
10. Wh - Devin Cokley, 25 yards, 19:14, 2nd half
11. Wh - Gerardo Maggioli, 25 yards, 27:51, 2nd half
high school girls tennis.....Hoggard defeated Laney 8-1 on Wednesday
high school girls volleyball.... South Brunswick edged West Brunswick 3-2 on Wednesday