UNC’s Hatchell: return at Final Four ‘very doable’

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina’s Sylvia Hatchell says she could return to coaching while battling leukemia if the Tar Heels reach the Final Four.

Fourth-seeded UNC faces No. 1 seed South Carolina in California at this weekend’s Stanford Regional. If her team advances, Hatchell said Thursday her doctor has told her that being on the sideline in Nashville, Tenn., is ”very doable.”

Hatchell was diagnosed with leukemia last fall, and associate head coach Andrew Calder has been leading the Tar Heels this season. Hatchell completed her last round of chemotherapy earlier this month. She is waiting for her immune system to recover and arrived at Carmichael Arena wearing a surgical mask.

Hatchell has said her illness is in remission and that she would be in a supporting role if she returns this year.