Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams was in good spirits heading into the start of practice.
No wonder. He’d recently undergone surgery to correct pain that had bothered him for about a decade, and despite a hoarse voice seemed pleased with the experience.
“I had a disc removed, a ruptured disc sitting on a nerve. I wanted to get through the recruiting period, so I had it done a week ago yesterday at gt hospital. They took out a disc, put in a cadaver bone, bolted it in there and here we go. I feel like Frankenstein.”
So, yes. Williams is a-liiiiiive.
And he has some of his voice, which actually could have been a problem.
“They problem is they have to move your muscles, your vocal chords to get over there,” Williams said. “There’s a tendency to be hoarse. … Some people don’t talk for a year. You’re getting wheeled in and it’s ‘Oh, by the way, you might not be able to talk for a year.’ The pain you had, you wake up from the anesthesia, it’s gone.”