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College basketball fans remember Dean Smith with the perfect story

When the death of legendary North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith was announced, a story from a 2014 John Feinstein column began making the rounds around the Internet. Feinstein, who wrote the column shortly after Smith celebrated his 83rd birthday told an anecdote from when he was working on a story about Smith during his coaching days. (USA Today)

Pace: The View From The Bench

Two former Tar Heel basketball managers several years ago queried their fellow managers from the coaching regimes of Dean Smith and Bill Guthridge for anecdotes and stories about their experiences as the cogs beneath the surface that have made the Carolina program run like a Swiss watch for half a century. (GoHeels.com)

Mick Mixon: Dean Smith And Me

Dean Smith understood human nature. He comingled pride and humility better than any coach in any team sport. He comingled the strident belief in a system with an organic, evolutionary coaching style better than any coach in any team sport. And he instinctively knew when to build a player or team up and when to break them down. (Chapelboro.com)

Dean Smith elevated the game while taking us along for the long ride (videos)

Dean Smith gave us our greatest gift. He taught us how to play basketball. Smith, the legendary coach at the University of North Carolina, died Saturday night in Chapel Hill. There are few people in our state’s history who did more for us. He taught us values about life and even in his final years showed dignity as death seemed to wait for him, not the other way around. (Greensboro News & Record)

Dean Smith, Al McGuire and Charlotte’s Providence Road

Allie McGuire met a lot of great coaches during his summers in North Carolina when his dad would run a camp and bring in guests to speak or work. Among the coaches young Allie met were Lefty Driesell, then at Davidson, Frank McGuire, who coached his father at St. John’s and led North Carolina to the 1957 NCAA championship, and of course, Smith, who took over the North Carolina program when Frank McGuire left in 1961. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

ESPN Classic to honor Dean Smith with more than 24-hour tribute

ESPN Classic will air more than 24 hours of programming to honor legendary North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith starting on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. Smith passed away on Saturday night at the age of 83. ESPN Classic will air a special called "Remembering Dean Smith" to start the tribute. The special will be followed by classic games coached by Smith. (Sports Illustrated)

Video: Dean Smith, A Coach's Life

UNC TV re-airs a D.G. Martin interview with basketball coaching legend Dean Smith about his book A Coach's Life. (UNCTV.org)

Student vigil honored Dean Smith’s social justice efforts

Students gathered around a makeshift memorial outside of the Dean E. Smith Center Tuesday night. The wind blew through the North Carolina and UNC flags, which were lowered to half-staff in honor of the man after whom the building was named. In the wake of Smith’s death Saturday night, student groups dedicated to diversity planned the event in an attempt to continue the dialogue of Smith’s contributions to civil rights and humanitarian efforts across the state and country. (Daily Tar Heel)

Dean Smith’s coaching legacy lives on

Coach Dean Smith’s 879 wins, two national championships, 13 ACC tournament championships and 17 ACC regular-season championships will always serve as proof of his impact on the North Carolina men’s basketball program. But unlike the banners hanging in the Smith Center rafters, the influence Smith had on his players throughout his coaching career — while not visible — might have been just as great. (Daily Tar Heel)

Fan Memories Of Dean Smith: Wednesday

Coach Smith and I never met, but I gave him a smile and he returned it with a wink. Of all my wonderful experiences at North Carolina, the moment that Coach Smith walked into the Dean Dome and sat with us, the students, is and will always be my favorite. (GoHeels.com)

Dean Smith impacted hoops, people

Once, during a coaches meeting, Dean Smith made Lefty Driesell so angry the old Maryland coach wrote Smith a letter telling him he'd never shake his hand again. True to his word, the next time Maryland and UNC played, Driesell turned away the man he liked to call "a hook-nosed, little sucker." Yet years later, when Driesell's son, Chuck, came to him for advice about coaching, Driesell had just one tip. "I told him, 'Don't model yourself after me; model yourself after Dean,'" (ESPN.com)

Walter Davis on Dean Smith: ‘He treated everybody the same’

I think from the outside everybody knows what a good coach Dean Smith is, but I was even more impressed with the person, from the very first day. He was a good, good man to have on your side. And he treated everybody the same, from Phil Ford – who was the best player on our team – to the guy who made the team as a walk-on. (Charlotte Observer)

Mitch Kupchak, Lakers Mourn Loss Of UNC Legend Dean Smith

The basketball world lost a giant on Saturday with former University of North Carolina head coach Dean Smith passing away at the age of 83. The Los Angeles Lakers franchise has a lot of ties to Smith and the University of North Carolina starting with longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak. (Lakers Nation)

Dean Smith was a true gentleman

Dean Smith was one of the finest coaches in the history of American sport. His championship record, innovation, teaching and influence in the lives and careers of players and coaches are unsurpassed in college basketball. Yet the profound sadness we all feel at his passing Saturday at the age of 83 speaks to something far more substantial. (ESPN.com)

Al Wood on Dean Smith: ‘I could talk to him about any and everything’

He was like a father to me, because I didn’t have a dad. I could talk to him about any and everything. My children, my marriage, my finances, my religion, my spiritual beliefs, his spiritual beliefs. (Charlotte Observer)

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ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Clemson10-817-14
Pittsburgh9-921-12
Syracuse9-923-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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