Coach Dean Smith proved even legends have time for everyoneIt was a beautiful paradox: Dean Smith, an uncommon man, dispensing gestures so kind and so voluminous to the common men who adored him, who were lucky enough to feel the lasting warmth of an uncommon heart. His heart would not go cold with its final beat Saturday night, weeks before it would have marked 84 years within the chest of its beloved conductor. It has left embers everywhere, far beyond a hard gym floor. (Daily Tar Heel)
Roy Williams Radio Show QuotesCan you take us through the whirlwind that you’ve been through since learning of Dean Smith’s passing? Roy Williams: "I thought I was prepared for the news, but it came pretty quickly. Coach’s son Scott contacted Steve Kirschner Saturday after the game and then I spoke to Scott from the bus and then got a text from him later that night about what happened." (Inside Carolina)
Video: Nate Britt - Calm Under PressureUNC sophomore guard Nate Britt has shown drastic improvement on the offensive end this season, and has demonstrated his ability to thrive under pressure.
Dean Smith was about "doing the right thing"Four years after Greensboro's sit-ins, UNC basketball coach Dean Smith walked into The Pines, a Chapel Hill restaurant. He hadn't become the Dean Smith yet, not in 1964. Back then, he was just another university employee, albeit better known than most, grabbing a bite to eat with his minister. Smith brought a second guest — a black UNC theology student — to the whites-only eatery. (Greensboro News & Record)
Another Side Of Dean SmithNelvin Cooper once told me a pretty cool story about Dean Smith. I was a younger reporter finding my way around UNC and the other Triangle schools when I met Nelvin, he was someone I quickly got to know and like. He was a retired ACC basketball referee from the 1960s to the 80s assigned to area games to grade officials, and I marveled at his pre-game stories about coaches from Maryland's foot-stomping yeller Lefty Driesell to the comedy of NC State's Jim Valvano to the uniqueness of Smith. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
The Case for Dean Smith as the greatest college coach everWithout a doubt, Dean Smith is on the Mount Rushmore of college basketball coaches along with John Wooden, Mike Krzyzewski, and probably Bobby Knight. But which of those four are the greatest basketball coach ever? Here is the case for Dean Smith. (Tar Heel Blog)
SI writers and editors share their memories of Dean Smith“[Dean Smith] was just always really working hard to make sure you understood the humble side of life, working toward your goals, always being mindful of others, trying to give back to your community. And he’d always say, ‘Your community is where you’re at right now. You don’t always have to give back just to your hometown.’ Just stuff like that, man: Almost too-good-to-be-true type stuff.” (Sports Illustrated)
A Credible Saint: How Dean Smith Became North Carolina's Moral CompassSoon after I returned to Chapel Hill , I had arranged to visit with Dean Smith, the former North Carolina head coach. I dressed up for the occasion, although these days the journalist in me had become so blasé about interviews that he tended to walk out of the house wearing whatever happened to be hanging on the nearest chair. (Deadspin)
Dean Smith: 83 years of caring and giving, a legacy of selflessnessEach time Larry Brown encountered someone in North Carolina's vast basketball fraternity this season, he spoke of the importance of a large gathering of former Tar Heels visiting Dean Smith after the Final Four. Time, Brown knew, was running short. Then came Roy Williams' early Sunday morning phone call. (USA Today)
Video: Stories That Shaped Dean Smith's UNC CareerOver the years, Dean Smith showed he was more than a coach; he was a teacher, mentor, and for some, he was like a second father. ACC Digital Network host Jeff Fischel remembers stories that help show how Dean Smith accomplished so much on the court and touched so many peoples' lives off the court.
Michael Jordan misspelled Barack Obama's name on an autographWhen you sign as many autographs as Michael Jordan, you are bound to make a few mistakes. Unfortunately, one mistake came on a ball he autographed for President Barack Obama. In a recent interview, the President's former Senior Advisor, David Axelrod, told a story about getting a basketball autographed by Jordan for Obama's 50th birthday, only to have the former Chicago Bulls star add an extra r. (Sports Illustrated)
Roy Williams Continues To Live By Dean Smith’s ExampleMonday night, 48 hours removed from the death of UNC legend Dean Smith, Tar Heel coach Roy Williams continued to remember his close friend and mentor at Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery for his weekly radio show. Smith’s declining health in recent years had many mentally preparing for the inevitable. But Coach Williams says when the day finally came, he still wasn’t ready. (Chapelboro.com)
UNC men, Monmouth's King Rice, Brian Reese reflect after loss of Dean SmithKing Rice was getting ready to leave his house Sunday morning for Monmouth University shootaround when his phone rang. He didn't know who it was, but it was a 919 area code, which includes Chapel Hill, N.C, so he figured he had better pick it up. (Asbury Park Press)
Dean Smith provided the ultimate assist to longtime assistant Bill GuthridgeTo his players, the first sign – the only sign, really – that something was different in the fall of 1997 was this: Dean Smith, then still the North Carolina coach, had his players go through some regimented individual workouts on the court before preseason practice started. They had never done that exactly that way before. (Charlotte Observer)
Brendan Haywood on Dean Smith: 'He was more than just basketball'Cleveland Cavaliers center Brendan Haywood chose to go to North Carolina specifically to play for legendary coach Dean Smith. Haywood never got that chance, as Smith retired before Haywood's freshman year, but that didn't change the impact Smith made on Haywood's life and basketball career. "Biggest thing about Coach Smith to me is that he cared about people individually. It was more than basketball." (Cleveland.com)
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