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Thursday, October 11, 2012
UNC's Williams eager to start practice

By Robbi Pickeral

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina coach Roy Williams admits he has created a modest bucket list since his recent cancer scare.

He wants to play more golf.

He hopes to see his kids and grandkids more.

But he also plans to keep coaching. Speaking at his team's media day Thursday, Williams said he hopes keep coaching for six to 10 more years.

"In general, yeah, I'm going to smell the roses a heck of a lot more,'' said Williams, who will be on the court when his team opens preseason practice Saturday. "It does change you. Anybody that says it doesn't, they're a lot stronger or more wacko than I am.

" ... [But] I really want to coach this team. And you know what's going to happen next year? I'm really going to want to coach that team again too."

Williams described the recent 24-day span -- which began with a strange bouts of heartburn and indigestion, and led to surgery Sept. 19 to remove a tumor from one kidney and an Oct. 3 biopsy to test a tumor in his other kidney, --- as "a whirlwind."

He said his emotions "were off the charts in every direction" as he waited for two separate test results showing that the masses were oncocytomas, which are often indistinguishable from kidney cancer on X-rays, but are non-cancerous.

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