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Doctors have not determined whether the tumor removed Wednesday was cancerous, and that may impact whether Williams has to have the second surgery, a team spokesman told ESPN.com.

"The surgery went well and according to plan," Dr. Eric Wallen, professor of urology at UNC, 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 is expected to be released from the hospital within the next few days. He worked until the day before the surgery; the only reason he canceled a scheduled recruiting trip Tuesday was due to inclement weather.

Williams is set to begin his 10th season with the Tar Heels, whom he has coached to two national titles. He has experienced only a few medical issues -- vertigo, shoulder surgery -- during his tenure in Chapel Hill.

The kidney surgery came less than a month before UNC kicks off basketball practice with its annual "Late Night with Roy Williams" on Oct. 12. The Tar Heels will hold an exhibition game with Shaw on Oct. 26, and they open the season against Gardner-Webb on Nov. 9.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Williams and his family for a full recovery," UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. "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.

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