A Special Connection: Dean Smith and Hugh MortonOn Sunday, February 22nd, there will be a very special gathering in the Smith Center on the UNC campus to celebrate the life of Dean E. Smith. There will be players and former players...coaches and former coaches...students and former students. And I choose to believe there will be a very special section that will not be visible to those of us in the arena—and Smith, Bill Friday, and Hugh Morton will be seated there. (A View to Hugh)
North Carolina honoring Dean Smith through its playAs much as North Carolina coach Roy Williams shared stories with his current players about the man and coach who was Dean Smith, he’s never brought up dedicating the season to his memory. At this point, he really doesn’t have to. (ESPN.com)
Jim Calhoun Remembers Dean Smith: 'Father Figure'As a a young coach at Northeastern, Jim Calhoun was always looking for the best college basketball minds. In the early 1970s, he made a trip to Chapel Hill, N.C. "I had studied Dean Smith like crazy," Calhoun recalled, looking back on his career in 2012. "They took us in, and Roy Williams was an assistant, Eddie Fogler was an assistant, Bill Guthridge was an assistant, and [Smith] said, 'we don't have a team here, we have a program.'" (Hartford Courant)
For UNC’s Bill Guthridge, the memories are fading awayOn the day before Dean Smith's funeral, Bill Guthridge, Smith's longtime assistant and friend, tried to put into words the relationship they shared, but he couldn't say exactly what he wanted to say, or how he wanted to say it. Guthridge sat in his room in the medical wing of an assisted living facility not far from the UNC campus. (Charlotte Observer)
Lucas: More Than FourMarcus Paige has run game-winning plays in hostile arenas. Already this year, he’s vanquished Louisville with a last-second shot, and he sent NC State home angry last season. And despite all that, Paige was unequivocal about one particular play in Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech. “I don’t think I’ve ever been that nervous to execute a play,” Paige said. (GoHeels.com)
Bouncing BackWith the season nearing an end and many of the team’s goals in serious jeopardy, North Carolina blew Georgia Tech off the Smith Center court with a performance certain to make those in town remember the legacy and life of Coach Dean Smith. Many will say it was just Georgia Tech and the Jackets have struggled to a 12-15 overall record and stand just 3-12 in conference play. Don’t tell Roy Williams that. (Inside Carolina)
Paying Tribute to Dean SmithAfter a two-week emotional roller coaster, getting back on the Smith Center court gave North Carolina the lift it needed on Saturday. And with it came the opportunity to honor the late Dean Smith in a very Coach Smith-like way. “It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time, two weeks anyway,” head coach Roy Williams said following UNC’s 89-60 rout of Georgia Tech. (Inside Carolina)
Speakers For Dean Smith CelebrationUNC will celebrate the life of Dean E. Smith Sunday (Feb. 22) at 2 p.m. at the Smith Center. Speaking on behalf of the Carolina Basketball Family and the Smith family will be Mickey Bell, Erskine Bowles, Billy Cunningham, Brad Daugherty, Phil Ford, Antawn Jamison, Eric Montross, Reverend Robert Seymour, former Georgetown Coach John Thompson and Carolina Coach Roy Williams. (GoHeels.com)
UNC-Georgia Tech Postgame NotesRoy Williams won his 743rd career game and 325th at UNC. He is 16th all-time, three behind Phog Allen. He is seventh in ACC wins, one behind Terry Holland. Marcus Paige is the first Tar Heel with a points-assists double-double since Dexter Strickland against East Carolina on 12/15/12 and the first to have at least 10 assists and no turnovers since Kendall Marshall against NC State on 2/21/12. (GoHeels.com)
UNC-Georgia Tech Postgame QuotesRoy Williams on the four corners as a tribute to Coach Smith: “It’s something that I’ve been thinking about for a long time, for two weeks anyway. Some way to do something that would mean a great deal to him and would mean a great deal to me. I was hoping they would be man-to-man, but if they weren’t we were going to hold it for twenty seconds, just standing out there with everybody holding up four." (GoHeels.com)
Recap & Analysis: UNC 89 Georgia Tech 60There were two ways this game could have gone for UNC in the wake of the crushing loss at Duke on Wednesday night. An emotionally spent Tar Heel team could have stumbled and struggled against a lower tier ACC team or the Tar Heels could dish out 40 minutes worth of frustration and anger on the Yellow Jackets. It was the latter and then some. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: Roy Williams Post-Georgia Tech Press ConferenceNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams fields questions from the media following the Tar Heels' 89-60 win over Georgia Tech on February 21st, 2015.
Dean Smith’s best starting five in NBADean Smith left more than just a legacy of great basketball at North Carolina, he helped change the game of basketball. Including the NBA, for example he was talking about points per possession and other “advanced stats” basics back in the 1960s and ’70s. His fingerprints and influence can be felt from Los Angeles to Charlotte and just about every place in between. (NBC Sports)
Video: UNC-Georgia Tech Game HighlightsSix players score in double figures as the 15th-ranked Tar Heels ran past Georgia Tech in the Smith Center, 89-60, on February 21st, 2015.
Buzz Peterson remembers his coach, Dean SmithFormer Appalachian State basketball coach Buzz Peterson, who played for Smith for four seasons at UNC and was a member of the 1982 national-championship team, shared memories of Smith earlier this week. Peterson said that Smith always lauded the player who made the assist more than the one who scored the basket. (Winston-Salem Journal)
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