Video: Carolina Remembers Coach Dean SmithIn Chapel Hill and beyond, basketball fans - and those who don't follow the game - are reflecting on the life and legacy of Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith. Hear Coach Smith's story through the words of Carolina fans, students and some of those who knew him best.
Fan Memories Of Dean Smith: TuesdayMy Dean Smith story... asked him to sign something for my son at a dinner years ago. Told him my son’s name and then started spelling it - . J O R D A N. Coach Smith looked up at me with a wry smile and said "I think I know how to spell that one." Indeed, he did. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels Remain 12th In AP Basketball PollNorth Carolina is ranked No. 12 in this week’s Associated Press top 25 basketball poll for the second week in a row. The Tar Heels also are No. 15 in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, falling two spots from last week. Carolina is ranked in the AP poll for the 18th week in a row, including all 14 polls in 2014-15. UNC was ranked in the final four polls of last season. (GoHeels.com)
‘We have lost one of the greats’Dean Smith never sought the spotlight in his time as North Carolina’s basketball coach, but seldom could he escape its searing glow in a long, successful career. In 36 seasons at UNC he won big in a conference known for high quality basketball. (Winston-Salem Journal)
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)
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