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George Karl amazed by the kindness of his former coach Dean Smith

When George Karl heard about Dean Smith’s latest act of kindness, the one that came long after he was gone and involved a $200 check being sent to many of his former players so they could have a meaningful meal on his behalf, he couldn’t help but get emotional about his old coach. Smith, the North Carolina legend who passed away in early February, was leaving Karl and so many others inspired even after he was gone. (USA Today)

Matt Doherty, Richard Vinroot: Dean Smith was a better man than coach

Shaking my head saying even after the man has passed away," said former player Matt Doherty. "He's still reaching out to his former players." Less than two months after he passed away, another story of Dean Smith's generosity surfaced. "Overwhelmed," said former player Richard Vinroot. "Why would he do that for us? We owe him, not the other way around." (WCNC)

Serge Zwikker “Teared Up” After Receiving $200 Check From Dean Smith

Former center Serge Zwikker, who played for the Tar Heels from 1993-1997, reportedly had a strong reaction to the gesture. ESPN’s Darren Rovell reports that Zwikker “teared up” after receiving the letter and claimed he’d never cash it. (College Spun)

No. 10 Miami Rallies To Top No. 18 UNC, 4-3

No. 10 Miami scored three times in the ninth to grab a 4-3 win over No. 18 North Carolina Friday night at Boshamer Stadium. UM's Willie Abreu tied it with a two-run single ahead of Johnny Ruiz's game-winning RBI off Trent Thornton. Zac Gallen allowed just one run in seven innings for the Tar Heels. Game two of the series is set for Saturday at 3 p.m. (GoHeels.com)

Unfinished business for UNC's Marcus Paige

UNC point guard Marcus Paige didn't deliver a hard yes to say he'd return for his senior season, but the tenor of his talk after the Tar Heels' loss in the Sweet 16 was a strong endorsement that he's got unfinished business in Chapel Hill. “That could change in five minutes, because I'm a 21-year-old kid,” Paige quipped after Wisconsin beat UNC 79-72 in STAPLES Center on Thursday. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Dave Colescott 'blown away' by Dean Smith letter

Dave Colescott nearly threw the letter away thinking it was junk mail. But Colescott, a former player at North Carolina who played for the late Dean Smith, opened the letter and it brought tears to his eyes. “On the return part of the envelope it said ‘Dean E. Smith Estate,’ so I was skeptical,” said Colescott, 57, who lives in Winston-Salem. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Dean Smith’s Legacy Reaches Central Iowa

Steve Krafcisin played one season at North Carolina before transferring closer to home at Iowa. The emotions of opening a letter from the late, Dean Smith showed just how much that one year meant to him. The letter is one of 180 $200 checks that Smith posthumously sent to his UNC letter winners. Krafcisin is one of only two players to play in two Final Fours for two different teams. (WHOTV.com)

South Carolina holds off North Carolina 67-65 in Women's NCAAs

Tiffany Mitchell drove to the basket and scored with 4.2 seconds left and South Carolina edged North Carolina 67-65 on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament's round of 16. Mitchell finished with 18 points for the No. 1-seeded Gamecocks (33-2), who had to fight the entire way to push past UNC in a rematch of last year's Sweet 16 game and advance to the Greensboro Region final. (WRAL Sports Fan)

A New Start for Sylvia Hatchell, a Veteran Tar Heel

In this season of many returns — to health, to basketball, to the N.C.A.A. tournament — Sylvia Hatchell has embraced a saying. “I tell people, ‘This is my 40th year,’ but in a lot of ways, it feels like my first,” Hatchell, the 63-year-old coach of the North Carolina women’s basketball team for the past 29 years, said of her coaching career after her fourth-seeded Tar Heels survived No. 13 Liberty, 71-65, in the first round of the N.C.A.A. tournament on Saturday at Carmichael Arena. (New York Times)

In women’s basketball, battle of Carolinas bigger than one game

She won two national championships at Francis Marion, she married a man from Florence, and she’s a member of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. High school coaches from the Palmetto State will comprise much of her camp staff this summer. Sylvia Hatchell may be in her 29th season as head coach of the women’s basketball program at North Carolina, but her ties south of the border remain strong. (Charleston Post and Courier)

Shakeel Rashad talks linebackers, defense

CarolinaBlue spoke with UNC senior linebacker Shakeel Rashad after practice this week about the new defense and defensive coaching staff: "I've loved it so far. That's not to say I disliked the coaches last year but the new coaches, new defense, new position for me, I've loved everything about it." Where are you in the defense? "Outside linebacker. In some of the stuff I'm with the ones and then in our nickel package I'm a two." (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels Grow in Late Season Success, Final Loss

North Carolina played some of its best basketball at the end of the season. Justin Jackson finally emerged as the player many had hoped, and Joel Berry gave outstanding versatility in the backcourt. The ongoing development of Nate Britt, Theo Pinson, and Isiah Hicks gives UNC quality depth and when healthy, Marcus Paige, Kennedy Meeks, and Brice Johnson can be a formidable threesome. (Tar Heel Blog)

Jamie Cherry earned chance at dream shot

Jamie Cherry has long dreamt of playing basketball for the University of North Carolina. That's something any kid, boy or girl, can understand. I'm sure Jamie often dreamed of nailing a buzzer-beater for the Tar Heel women. That became a reality over the weekend as Cherry sank a long 2-pointer to defeat Ohio State in the women’s NCAA Tournament. (New Bern Sun Journal)

Lions anticipate 'significant rise' in Eric Ebron's play

We might have identified the man who will be the Detroit Lions' proverbial offseason hype bunny: Eric Ebron. Coach Jim Caldwell said he sees big things coming from the tight end after the No. 10 overall pick struggled his rookie season, catching just 25 passes. "I'm going to tell you something," Caldwell said, per the team's official website. "His offseason to this point has been pretty impressive." (NFL.com)

Donations pour in after Chapel Hill shooting

Muslims across America and abroad have generated hundreds of thousands of dollars and thousands of pounds of food to aid those in need since the shooting deaths of three young Muslims in Chapel Hill. Police said the homicide was motivated by a parking dispute, but many have claimed that the triple homicide was motivated by religious hate. (Daily Tar Heel)

Bentley Spain Moves Up

Even with all five starters returning from last season, there has been movement along the North Carolina offensive line as sophomore Bentley Spain has moved ahead of incumbent John Ferranto at the starting left tackle position. Unlike the UNC defense, which has seen its world turned upside down with a new staff and scheme, the offense has remained totally intact. All five starting offensive linemen were healthy and accounted for. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels to use loss as fuel, talk returning next season

A disappointing loss to Wisconsin in the Sweet Sixteen brings the 2014-2015 UNC basketball season to a close. The Tar heels led by as much as seven in the second half, but a late run by the Badgers and clutch free throws separated the No. 1 seed as they pulled out the 79-72 win. The attention now turns to the 2015-2016 Tar Heel campaign where UNC is likely to return all five starters. (Carolina Blue)

Sweet 16 game: a run cut short

A one-point deficit is cruel and deceiving. But for this team, it’s fitting. It embodies how the Tar Heels have lived and died this season: almost, but not quite there. That’s been the team’s misfortune of a mantra. Marcus Paige certainly knows this. He admits it was all he could think about near the end of fourth-seeded UNC’s 79-72 Sweet 16 loss to West Region No. 1 seed Wisconsin on Thursday. (Daily Tar Heel)

Sweet 16 stage not too big for freshmen Justin Jackson, Joel Berry

The score was close, an Elite Eight berth was at stake and North Carolina was running against slow-paced Wisconsin. Two freshmen were leading the fastbreak. UNC doubled its lead when point guard Joel Berry fed Justin Jackson for a layup, a sequence that connected the college newcomers during a strong showing in a 79-72 loss to the Badgers. (Fayetteville Observer)

Tar Heels Eager for Next Step

The loss to the Badgers was a talking point, as well as the harsh realization that the 2014-15 season had come to a close, but there was also a willingness, a preference almost, to focus on the positives of the postseason run and the corrections that need to occur for a deeper run next year. Thursday’s loss highlighted a trend that has plagued the Tar Heels all season long: (Inside Carolina)

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