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Tar Heels coach battling bad back

June 24, 2006

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North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams disclosed at his annual summertime news conference that he is having back and leg pain caused by sciatica.

The former Kansas University coach told Carolina media members he may need back surgery.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports Williams has had 10 appointments with a chiropractor, eight with an acupuncturist and has taken three epidural shots.

"And I can't break 80," Williams said of his golf game. "I've got a bulging disk that is pinching the sciatic nerve. It's very painful at times. Down the road there's probably going to have to be some surgery but I think with the medical people we have here I can push that way down the road.

"My golf game's worse - I think I'll go down in history as having the best reputation and the worst game of any golfer ever."

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