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Roy Williams Continues To Live By Dean Smith’s Example

Monday 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 Smith

King 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 Guthridge

To 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)

Dean Smith: Saying Goodbye to One of the Good Guys

Sadly, Dean Smith's death comes at a time when the sport of college basketball is at a crossroads. In this current era, education is seemingly an afterthought: Ideals like teamwork, sportsmanship and selflessness are all but absent, and men like Smith – who stand up for social change, regardless of status or sponsorship deals – are few and far between. Rarer still are those that do it while eschewing the spotlight. (Rolling Stone)

The Daily Tar Heel Dean Smith Commemorative Issue

A look at the print edition that the Daily Tar Heel published, including a remarkable front page.    (Scribd)

Wes Durham on Dean Smith: ‘He was a larger-than-life figure for me because of what my dad did’

“Dean Smith was a larger-than-life figure for me because of what my dad (Woody Durham) did. He was this iconic thing. “Here’s Dean Smith about to play an ACC game, he walks out to do an interview with my dad and he not only knows that (my high school team) won, but that we’ve won three in a row. And he felt compelled to ask me if I did anything more than score four points.” (Charlotte Observer)

Dean Smith a hoops legend and even better man

Dean Smith, the legendary North Carolina basketball coach who died Saturday at age 83, was one of the greatest college basketball coaches of all time. That is as indisputable as the fact that a former player of Smith's, Michael Jordan, is one of the greatest basketball players of all time. But to put Dean Smith in that limiting box of "college basketball coach" is to ignore the greatness of the man himself, the kind of humble and life-sweeping greatness that is sorely lacking not just in sports today, but in America. (FOX Sports)

Dean Smith's principles still have presence in UNC's program

After rebounding Marcus Paige's missed floater and scoring on a putback dunk, Brice Johnson acknowledged Paige. Pointing to the passer is a long-standing Carolina tradition. Pointing to an errant shooter? Dean Smith's influence remains very much present in Roy Williams and at UNC, even in an era when some of Smith's old-school values butt heads with the big-money business of college basketball. (Fayetteville Observer)

Bill Chamberlain, UNC's second black recruit, says Dean Smith championed equality

Bill Chamberlain was the second black player that Dean Smith recruited to UNC, and he played for the Tar Heels at a time when he needed the support of a strong coach and a stronger man. Chamberlain could have played college basketball anywhere, but he wanted to play for Smith. "Coach Smith was clearly a dedicated Christian gentleman who my parents loved, which was huge to me," he recalled. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Lucas: Group Therapy

As anyone knows who has dealt with the death of a loved one, there are times you think you might never laugh again. There are also times you laugh when you thought you might cry, and cry when you thought you might laugh. Monday night at Top of the Hill, less than 48 hours after the death of Dean Smith, was a little bit of all of those. Officially, it was the Roy Williams Live radio show hosted by Jones Angell. (GoHeels.com)

Jeff McInnis Remembers Dean Smith

“He was more than a basketball coach,” said Jeff McInnis, who played for Dean Smith’s North Carolina Tar Heels from 1993-96. “He was just a fair man. For me to have played for him and had a relationship with him, that’s the greatest thing for me. He was a father figure, a mentor, everything. Today, it’s like losing your own dad.” (Concord Independent Tribune)

Humility, attention to detail marked Dean Smith's career, life

As the final seconds of his milestone victory melted away, the capacity crowd rose and chanted his name. Dean Smith was about to become major college basketball's all-time winningest coach. But Smith did not acknowledge the applause. The genuine humility and obsessive attention to detail in that 1997 snapshot defined the gentleman who died Saturday at age 83. (Daily Press)

Dean Smith’s Innovations Included an Early Zeal for Statistical Analysis

For decades, Coach Dean Smith would tell his players how many points they had scored and had allowed per possession. In the 1960s, he began to task managers with keeping the statistic. Smith — who majored in mathematics at Kansas, and who said he would have been happy to be a math teacher — emphasized possession-based analysis as early as 1959. (New York Times)

Dean Smith service Thursday, with public memorial Feb. 22 at Smith Center

The University of North Carolina will celebrate the life of Coach Dean Smith during a public memorial service at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22, in the Dean E. Smith Center. More details will be announced at a later date. The public, fans and all who cared about Coach Smith are invited to attend this event. The family will have a private church service on Thursday morning, Feb. 12. (GoHeels.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Hawaii
Fri, Nov 18, TBD

UNC @ Indiana
Wed, Nov 30, TBD

UNC vs. Kentucky
Sat, Dec 17, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(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
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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