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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...

Dean Smith Remembered

Former UNC basketball coach Dean Smith, who led the Tar Heels to two national titles, set the record for career victories and launched the careers of countless players and coaches, died Feb. 8, 2015. He was 83 years old. Smith coached the Tar Heels for 36 years, posting at least 20 victories in 27 straight seasons, and retired in 1997 with 879 career wins. (WRAL Sports Fan)

University statement on the passing of Dean Smith

Statement from Chancellor Carol L. Folt: “Our Carolina community is deeply saddened by the passing of Dean Smith. Coach Smith was an extraordinary man who cared deeply about people. Known worldwide as a legendary basketball coach, our University, the Chapel Hill community, and the countless students, faculty, staff and people across North Carolina and beyond will remember him as a great teacher and remarkable pioneer in promoting equality and civil rights...” (UNC.edu)

SI Vault: Dean Smith Won Battles Large And Small, On The Court And Off

On Aug. 5, 1961, 30-year-old Dean Smith was appointed to preside over what survived as basketball at the University of North Carolina. It was something of a shotgun marriage. As for Smith, he was largely an unknown quantity. He had been assistant coach to Frank McGuire for three seasons, but he was an outlander from Kansas, content to stay in the background juggling X's and O's. (Sports Illustrated)

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