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Sports world and beyond remember Dean Smith

From former players and coaches to rivals and even politicians, people took to social media Sunday to remember the legendary Dean Smith after his passing Saturday night. Michael Jordan led the way Sunday with a statement on the passing of Dean Smith. President Barak Obama called Dean Smith a "gentleman and a citizen." (WRAL Sports Fan)

Legendary UNC basketball coach Dean Smith pases away

The son of Baptist schoolteachers, raised in the railroading town of Emporia, Kansas, Dean Smith played positions -- quarterback, point guard, catcher -- in high school that foreshadowed the career he would choose. In much the same way his major at Kansas, mathematics, prefigured the analytical approach he brought to North Carolina, which named him at 30 to succeed his boss, Frank McGuire. (Sports Illustrated)

Dean Smith, legendary former North Carolina coach, dies at 83

Born in Kansas, Dean Smith’s lineage traced a direct line from from the game’s inventor, James Naismith, through Phog Allen in his career at the University of Kansas as a player, where he played on a national title team, and assistant. At Carolina, his “Four Corners” offense led to the creation of the shot clock to counter it. (Washington Post)

Dean Smith, Longtime UNC Basketball Coach, Dies at 83

In emphasizing team play, Dean Smith encouraged a shooter who made a basket to point to the teammate who got the assist. He popularized the Four Corners, a spread offense in which the point guard does most of the ball-handling, with the other players remaining for a time at the edges of the frontcourt. “My basketball philosophy boils down to six words,” Smith said. “Play hard; play together; play smart.” (New York Times)

Four Corners and the Magic of Carmichael

Three videos which capture some of what I remember about Dean Smith on the court. The first of Phil Ford running his Four Corners offense. Those raised four fingers are only second to "pointing to the passer" in Tar Heel hand signal lore. Next is the retelling of the "8 points in 17 seconds" rally against Duke in 1974. This has all the elements of a furious late game UNC rally. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: Dean Smith's Legacy

Of greater impact than than his 879 career wins was longtime UNC head coach Dean Smith's legacy off of the court. Smith recruited the first African American to play in the ACC, and spent his life and career helping groom boys into men. Dean Smith's graduation rate was over 96 percent - always instilling the importance of putting the student in "student athlete." View Video...

Michael Jordan: Dean Smith was 'mentor, teacher, 2nd father'

Michael Jordan called North Carolina coaching great Dean Smith the most influential person in his life other than his parents. Smith died Saturday night at 83. In a statement on Twitter, Jordan said Smith was ''more than a coach - he was a mentor, my teacher, my second father.'' The former NBA superstar and Charlotte Hornets owner said Smith taught him not only about the game of basketball, but about ''the game of life.'' (Yahoo! Sports)

Dean Smith Photos

Former Tar Heel head coach Dean Smith passed away at age 83 on Saturday February 7, 2015. Here's a photo gallery of classic images of the iconic Carolina coach. (GoHeels.com)

Statements From Cunningham, Baddour, Guthridge On The Passing Of Dean Smith

Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham statement on the passing of Dean Smith: “Dean Smith was a legendary Hall of Fame coach who will long be remembered as an innovator in the game of basketball and a pioneer for social justice. His legacy will always be a part of the University of North Carolina and will continue to inspire students for generations to come.” (GoHeels.com)

Dean Smith might've really been a better man than coach

Yes, Dean Smith was a basketball coach. But he wasn't just a basketball coach. He was a man who touched the life of the greatest player to ever live...and also millions of other lives in countless and crucial ways. So was Dean Smith an even better man than he was a coach? Honestly, that's hard to say, if only because he was a damn fine coach. But he was a damn fine man, too. An amazing man, actually. (CBS Sports)

Video: Dean Smith's Legacy Lies In Innovation, Social Justice

Journalist and author Bill Nack explores the legacy of Dean Smith, who was known as the best teacher in basketball and a strong advocate for social justice. (ESPN.com)

Larry Fedora On Passing Of Dean Smtih

UNC head football coach Larry Fedora: "My deepest condolences and prayers are with the Smith family at this time. Coach Smith was a Tar Heel legend and his impact on UNC athletics, and the Chapel Hill community can not be understated. He was someone I always admired. Every coach – regardless of the sport - learned lessons from the way he ran his program and, most importantly, treated his players and staff." (GoHeels.com)

Michael Jordan responds to Dean Smith's passing

On Saturday night, Dean Smith passed away at the age of 83 following a long battle with dementia. Michael Jordan was one of the first to provide his condolences and offer a statement. "Other than my parents, no one had a bigger influence on my life than Coach Smith," said Jordan in the prepared statement. "He was more than a coach — he was my mentor, my teacher, my second father." (Sporting News)

Mark Emmert statement on Dean Smith

"Coach Smith embodied the true definition of a coach as an educator, mentor, friend and leader. His impact on the game of basketball and college sports is immeasurable, and on behalf of the NCAA, I offer our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and all who played for him over the years." (NCAA.org)

Video: Dean Smith Tribute

A video tribute to legendary North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith, who passed away on Saturday evening, February 7, 2015. View Video...

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