UNC opens practice with 'Late Night with Roy'

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — It wouldn't have been "Late Night with Roy" at North Carolina without Roy Williams — and the Hall of Fame coach sure looked thrilled to be back.

The Tar Heels opened preseason practice Friday night with their annual evening of silliness and scrimmaging. For Williams, the event became extra special because of his recent cancer scare.

In his first public appearance on the Smith Center sideline since his scare, Williams received three distinct, extended standing ovations from the crowd. The coach repeatedly waved in appreciation, then attempted to deflect the attention toward his players.

Doctors discovered tumors on both of the 62-year-old's kidneys last month. He says 24 days passed before it was ultimately discovered that both growths were benign.

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