“The surgery went well and according to plan,” Dr. Eric Wallen said in the 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.”
The “additional surgery” that Wallen mentions is a procedure that would remove a tumor from Williams’ left kidney.
“As Coach Williams frequently says, he has the best staff in the country and I know they will do an excellent job as Coach Williams recuperates,” UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said. “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.”
In his nine seasons with North Carolina, Williams has led the Tar Heels to a 257-68 record, including two national championships, three Elite 8 appearances, and two Final Fours.
The Tar Heels begin practice on Oct. 13. According to doctors, Williams should be fully recovered and ready to host practice by that date.
He underwent surgery yesterday and is expected to take six to eight weeks to recover.
“I’m trying to stay positive,’’ the Philadelphia native said. He reportedly laughed and said, “I’ll probably be able to jump after this.’’
Jardine averaged 8.9 points and 4.9 assists per game last season for Syracuse, helping to lead the Orange to a 34-4 record and a berth in the Elite Eight.
He was already working out with teams in hopes that one would roll the dice on him in the late second round, but this injury likely forces him to make a roster as a free agent. The injury will also keep him out of the NBA Summer League, which could make the road to the NBA that much tougher for Jardine.