Donnie Walsh on Dean SmithHe was a wonderful man and mentor and he was one of the largest influences in my life. The basketball world in general will mourn his passing and celebrate the many innovations he brought to the game but his legacy to all of us was as a decent and caring gentleman. Our coach and mentor. (NBA.com)
Key moments in Dean Smith’s careerDean Smith became North Carolina’s coach in 1961 following the departure of Frank McGuire. Although UNC had won the NCAA title in 1957, an NCAA investigation into excessive recruiting expenses in 1960 and a point-shaving scandal in 1961 led to McGuire’s departure. (Charlotte Observer)
The Morning AfterThe loss on Saturday to Pittsburgh was surprising considering the Tar Heels had a full week to prepare, rest up, and become healthy. A hot-shooting Panther squad hardly gave the Heels a chance. With six games remaining (two against Duke) before the ACC and NCAA tournament, its look-in-the-mirror time for this inconsistent, downward trending Tar Heel team. (Carolina Blue)
In Case You Forgot How Much You Want To 'Be Like Mike,' Here's Your ReminderGatorade is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a digitally remastered "Be Like Mike" ad. The commercial originally aired in the summer of 1991, right after the Chicago Bulls won their first of six titles. Reminisce by watching 29-year-old Michael Jordan shoot hoops and drink gatorade with your own special bottle of MJ's favorite flavor, Citrus Cooler. (Huffington Post)
Video: North Carolina vs Duke Hype VideoIt's here. Cameron Indoor Stadium will be the setting for the battle of the blues as Duke hosts UNC in the ultimate rivalry game. Get hyped for the game as we take a look at the epic players and games in this Tobacco Road tilt.
Joe Posnanski: New to Charlotte in 1981, I chose UNC and Dean SmithHe was aware as a basketball coach. He was aware as a family man. He was aware as an American. There’s an expression we often use about special people being larger than life. Dean Smith, in the end, wasn’t larger than life. He was in tune with life. (Charlotte Observer)
Lee Dedmon, Dudley Bradley, and Pete Budko Reflect On Dean SmithFormer North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith's legacy goes far beyond his win-loss record, and far beyond Chapel Hill, N.C. And he was no stranger to Baltimore. Smith didn't come to town to recruit often, but when he did, he usually closed the deal. Three former Baltimore-area high school standouts played for the Hall of Fame coach, who died Feb. 7 at the age of 83. Lee Dedmon of City College, Dudley Bradley of Edgewood and Pete Budko of Loyola Blakefield all played for Smith. (PressBox Baltimore)
Duke-UNC documentary to premiere on gamedayFans without tickets to Wednesday’s Duke-North Carolina basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium will still be able to fully envelop themselves in the fervor of the rivalry as the premiere of the film Duke-Carolina: The Blue Blood Rivalry will show at Northgate Mall. (WRAL Sports Fan)
The Legacy Of Dean Smith Is Not Tainted By The UNC ScandalNot only was Dean Smith not involved in UNC’s academic scandal, he was clearly a lifelong champion of academics and one of the greatest examples ever of what college athletics are supposed to be about. (ACC Sports Journal)
Video: Roy Williams, Marcus Paige Post-Pittsburgh Press ConferenceNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams and junior Marcus Paige spoke to the media following the Tar Heels' tough game at Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Pitt shows no love for No. 12 Heels in 89-76 routHere came North Carolina on Valentine’s Day, among the best rebounding teams in the ACC, the very best in the league on the offensive end where second-chance points are generated. The Tar Heels brought that fact and their No. 12 ranking to the Petersen Events Center on Saturday. Pitt melted whatever sweet ideas UNC had, because the Panthers roasted hot shots during an 89-76 victory. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Woody Durham, longtime UNC announcer, will be emcee for public memorial to Dean SmithWoody Durham, the former voice of the North Carolina Tar Heels who broadcast most of Dean Smith’s career, says he'll feel a little pressure as the master of ceremonies for the public memorial for Smith on Feb. 22. Durham, 73, retired in July, 2011 after 40 years as the voice of the Tar Heels. He said he expects a near full house at the Dean Smith Center to honor Smith, who died on Feb. 7 at the age of 83. (Winston-Salem Journal)
Pittsburgh students honor Dean Smith with touching bannerWhen Pittsburgh's PA announcer called for a moment of silence in honor of the legendary Tar Heels coach, students in the front row of the Oakland Zoo unveiled a banner with one of Smith's most iconic quotes scrawled across it in Carolina blue ink. It read, “You should never be proud of doing what’s right. You should just do what’s right.” (Yahoo! Sports)
Tar Heels Buried UnderAll around Roy Williams was hail, raining down from atop the Petersen Events Center and piling in Pittsburgh's basket. He was powerless to stop it. His team was not. It could have guarded better, Williams said. It could have done more to prod and nudge and disrupt Pittsburgh, which by Saturday afternoon's end had bludgeoned No. 12 North Carolina, 89-76. And yet the hail kept coming. (Inside Carolina)
Tar Heels Seeking A SparkJ.P. Tokoto sat down in the visitor's locker room at the Petersen Events Center and prepared for the questions. He had, for the second-straight week, watched No. 12 North Carolina's starters take the floor without him. He had, Saturday in UNC's lopsided 89-76 loss to unranked Pittsburgh, scored four points in 24 minutes. And now he had, for another week, faced a question about his role. (Inside Carolina)
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