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On Bill Guthridge, loyalty, and friendship
For three decades, Bill Guthridge was at Dean Smith’s side as they led UNC to 10 NCAA Final Fours and to national prominence as a...

Bill Guthridge's short, eventful stint as UNC's coach leaves long-lasting legacy
To most North Carolina basketball alums, Bill Guthridge was Dean Smith's loyal, competitive, wise-cracking assistant. He showed the same characteristics as a head coach to...

Bill Guthridge on how to be a good No. 2
(This was originally published on February 10, 1996.) Coach Bill Guthridge’s tips for second fiddle contentment: You have to be happy with your job. “I...

Bill Guthridge: The No. 1 No. 2
(This article was originally published on February 10, 1996.) He is to Dean Smith what Ed McMahon was to Johnny Carson. Robin to Batman. Tonto...

Bill Guthridge a leader who was content to blend in
Bill Guthridge admitted upon becoming head coach at North Carolina that Dean Smith’s retirement dashed his hope the pair “could go out together and ride...

First Dean Smith Scholarship Winners Awarded At Topeka (KS) High School
A Topeka High graduate and basketball legend passed away earlier this year, and Tuesday a scholarship was given away to two student athletes in his...

Video: A Celebration of Coach Bill Guthridge
During coach Bill Guthridge's retirement press conference on June 30th, 2000 former head coach Dean Smith said that day should be a celebration of Guthridge's...

There will never be another Bill Guthridge
Bill Guthridge was not Dean Smith. What made him so valuable to the North Carolina Tar Heels was that he never tried to be. Smith’s...

Monmouth's King Rice reflects on passing of UNC's Bill Guthridge
When Monmouth head coach King Rice, a UNC standout at point guard from 1987-1991, checked his phone after practice Wednesday morning, he found a wave...

Bill Guthridge never sought the spotlight
As Bill Guthridge once said in an interview, “I never particularly liked being in the spotlight.” Guthridge, who died Tuesday night at 77, spent nearly...

Roy Williams Endures
What a year it has been for Roy Williams. On Tuesday, former UNC head coach and longtime assistant Bill Guthridge died of heart failure. Guthridge,...

Tar Heels mourn loss of another beloved former basketball coach
North Carolina has lost a second treasured men’s basketball coach in relatively short order with the death of Bill Guthridge, the decades-long assistant coach and...

Guthridge never sought the spotlight
The voice was a little weak but the eyes were bright and his wit as sharp as ever that May day in 2013. Bill Guthridge...

Bill Guthridge: 'Perfect sidekick to Coach Smith'
The man who never needed the spotlight died Tuesday night in Chapel Hill. Bill Guthridge was an assistant coach at North Carolina under Dean Smith...

What they’re saying about the late Bill Guthridge
The late Dean Smith may have been the face of North Carolina basketball from 1961-97. But for the final three decades of that unprecedented run...

Video: Bill Guthridge's legacy at Chapel Hill
ESPN.com reporter C.L. Brown discusses how Bill Guthridge will be remembered, as well as his friendship and working relationship with Dean Smith...

Guthridge was more than loyal to Dean Smith
Roy Williams called Bill Guthridge the “perfect sidekick” for Dean Smith. “The book on loyalty and friendship was written by Coach Guthridge,” Phil Ford said...

Tar Heels would run "through a brick wall" for Guthridge
Bill Guthridge was Dean Smith's right-hand man, a loyal assistant who had opportunities to go and run his own program but remained in Chapel Hill...

Longtime UNC coach Bill Guthridge will be remembered for loyalty, decency
As always, Bill Guthridge has followed Dean Smith. Guthridge, the beloved former assistant coach to Smith for 30 years at North Carolina, died Tuesday night...

Lucas: The Quiet Competitor
Bill Guthridge was consistently portrayed as a quiet gentleman. The picture most Tar Heel fans will have of him is sitting slightly behind Dean Smith,...

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