John Beilein on Mitch McGary’s back surgery: it ‘went well’

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John Beilein did a radio spot with the “Michigan Insider” show on WTKA 1050 AM on Wednesday morning and was asked about Mitch McGary’s back surgery, which took place on Tuesday.

“Went well,” Beilein said.

The surgery was to alleviate the pain in McGary’s lower back that had been hampering him since the offseason. He will be out of the lineup indefinitely and could miss the rest of the season.

McGary, who had been averaging 9.5 points and 8.3 rebounds while playing just under 25 minutes per in the eight games he played this season, posted the following picture on Instagram on Tuesday:


UNC coach Roy Williams undergoes surgery to remove tumor from kidney

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North Carolina coach Roy Williams has undergone a surgical procedure to remove a tumor from his right kidney, multiple outlets reported and the school confirmed in a release Wednesday.

“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.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Scoop Jardine breaks foot during NBA workout, will miss 6-8 weeks after surgery

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Former Syracuse guard Scoop Jardine needed everything to fall his way to sneak into the second round of Thursday’s NBA draft, but his hopes were dealt a blow last Friday.

During a workout with the Utah Jazz, Jardine broke a bone in his right foot after coming down awkwardly and landed on former Mississippi State guard Dee Bost.

“I came down and it just popped,’’ Jardine told the Syracuse Post-Standard by phone. “I tried to finish the workout and I couldn’t put any pressure on it. They shut me down.’’

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.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_