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Former Tar Heel great Phil Ford reflects on Dean Smith
Former UNC basketball great Phil Ford continues to heed the words of the late coach Dean Smith. And that’s why the three-time All-American and Olympic...

Marcus Paige Earns MVP Honors At Team Awards Ceremony
Tar Heel guard Marcus Paige earned his second consecutive Dean Smith Most Valuable Player Award and was named co-captain for the second time in as...

ECU's Jeff Lebo takes Dean Smith up on posthumous dinner offer
When people reel off names of players coached by Dean Smith, Jeff Lebo probably isn’t high on the list. Smith had a major impact on...

Reforming college hoops with baby-blues brothers
There must be something to all of the talk about the North Carolina basketball brotherhood, because the NCAA at anytime could decide to keep the...

The Coach and the Kid
Dean Smith, who died Feb. 7, was a great coach, no doubt about it, but on that day he was so much more than a...

Dean Smith welcomed first female manager to basketball family
A lifelong Tar Heels basketball fan, Julie Dalton Loos knew she wanted to be connected to the Carolina basketball program when she arrived in Chapel...

Everett Case’s gift in 1966 foreshadowed Dean Smith’s in 2015
You probably heard that former North Carolina coach Dean Smith recently left each of his 180 varsity lettermen $200 apiece in his will, asking that...

Randy Wiel receives gift from Dean Smith as former player
As one of 180 lettermen who played for legendary coach Dean Smith at North Carolina over 36 years, Randy Wiel received the letter and the...

Kenny Smith -- Honoring Dean Smith With UNC Dinner at Final Four
But when Kenny -- who played for Smith in the '80s -- appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" on Wednesday, he told us he can't bring...

Kenny Smith says Dean Smith's check 'is going in a frame' (video)
When former North Carolina coach Dean Smith left every player who earned a varsity letter under him $200 in his will, everyone wanted to know...

One Last Gift From Coach Smith
Sam Perkins: "I got back in town this week and saw the $200 check from Coach Dean Smith in the mail. Actually, I’m looking at...

Dean Smith ensures all will have seat at table
J.R. Reid celebrated his 47th birthday Tuesday by taking his $200 check and gathering his family and friends at Aberdeen Barn, a Virginia Beach steakhouse...

Dean Smith’s last play
The late Dean Smith did so much to burnish the often blemished image of big-time college athletics, he is remembered so justly for his personification...

Top NCAA football-basketball coaching combos
5. Dean Smith and Mack Brown; School: North Carolina; Overlap: 1988-97; Smith coached Michael Jordan on the court and fought for racial equality off of...

A tribute in black and white
The recent passing of Carolina men’s basketball coach Dean Smith hit groundskeeper Lance Long hard. He had always admired Smith not just as a coach,...

No, Dean Smith's gift is not an NCAA violation
A report from Forbes published on Saturday questioned whether the NCAA might find Dean Smith's legacy gift to former players a violation. Wait, what? That's...

Kenny Smith on special relationship with Dean Smith (video)
Kenny Smith talks about the special relationship legendary coach Dean Smith had with his student-athletes...

Kuester, Shaver touched by gesture from Dean Smith
John Kuester and his wife, Tricia, stopped at their mailbox Thursday afternoon in Cary, N.C. That’s when they saw what Kuester called "something very special...

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...

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...

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