Williams feels 'blessed' to be on the mend

North Carolina coach Roy Williams told the Tar Heel Sports Network that he went through a scary time period last month as he prepared to have a tumor removed from his right kidney. But, the Hall of Fame coach said, he felt like "a blessed human being" after learning last week that the tumor was benign.

Williams will have a biopsy on a tumor on his left kidney this week.

"You hear all these stories where people say it just hits you between the eyes, and I've always heard that,'' Williams said Saturday during halftime of the Tar Heels' football game. "But there's no way to prepare for it, there's no way to say, 'Well, things are going to be all right,' because then your mind just starts racing, and you have so many thoughts going through your mind, (like) 'What am I going to do today, tomorrow? When am I going to do this?'

"It's pretty emotional at times, but I got such great care at the hospital, and the outpouring from the North Carolina people, and the other people in the coaching profession, my friends, my foxhole buddies, have just been off the charts."

Williams, 62, said he chose to wait to tell his players about his Sept. 19 surgery until 10 p.m. the night before he was going to have it because he didn't want there to be too much speculation about his health. He also wanted his announcement to be a teaching lesson.

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