Video: Dean Smith's Life Story879 wins, 13 ACC championships, 11 Final Fours, 2 National Titles. Those are the numbers that define Dean Smith's basketball career. But they hardly define the man, himself. He spent a lifetime coaching and mentoring young men, and today we reflect on the remarkable life of Dean Smith.
President Obama On Dean SmithStatement by President Barack Obama on the Passing of Dean Smith: "Last night, America lost not just a coaching legend but a gentleman and a citizen. When he retired, Dean Smith had won more games than any other college basketball coach in history. He went to 11 Final Fours, won two national titles, and reared a generation of players who went on to even better things elsewhere, including a young man named Michael Jordan—and all of us from Chicago are thankful for that. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to his wife Linnea, to his family, and to his fans all across North Carolina and the country." (GoHeels.com)
Video: Roy Williams Remembers Coach Dean SmithNorth Carolina head coach Roy Williams shares his thoughts and memories of Coach Dean Smith, who passed away Saturday at the age of 83.
Dean Smith TributesFormer Tar Heel head coach Dean Smith died on Saturday February 7, 2015, at age 83. Here's a sampling of the widespread reaction online. (GoHeels.com)
Carolina Icon Dean Smith Dies At 83Dean Smith, the legendary coach of UNC Men’s Basketball team, has passed away at age 83. Smith led the Tar Heels for more than three decades, retiring in 1997 with 879 victories to his name – the most in college basketball history at the time. He led the Heels to national titles in 1982 and 1993, and eleven appearances in the Final Four. (Chapelboro.com)
Sports world and beyond remember Dean SmithFrom 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 awayThe 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 83Born 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 83In 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 CarmichaelThree 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 LegacyOf 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."
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 PhotosFormer 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)
Dean Smith might've really been a better man than coachYes, 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)
Statements From Cunningham, Baddour, Guthridge On The Passing Of Dean SmithDirector 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)
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