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The Longest Goodbye: Friends, family mourned Dean Smith before his death

The record will reflect that former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith died on Saturday, at age 83. But to the players and assistants he had worked with most closely over 36 seasons, it felt as if he had left them years ago, when the feature that marked him so characteristically -- a dauntingly sharp memory -- began to slip away. (Sports Illustrated)

Tom Morris: My Dean Smith Story

We recently lost one of the great masters of basketball and life, former Tar Heel head coach Dean Smith. I don't get to meet many legends of basketball in my normal life as a philosopher, but I did get to meet him, long ago, and our interaction told me a lot about the man and his extraordinary character. It was 1985. I was a fourth year assistant professor of philosophy at Notre Dame. (Huffington Post)

Vince Carter: Dean Smith didn't like the limelight (video)

The Dan Patrick Show: Vince Carter joins the show to discuss if he ever felt bad dunking on anyone throughout his career, how he was recruited by Dean Smith and what it was like to dunk over a 7-footer. (NBC Sports)

Sylvia Hatchell recalls Dean Smith’s influence

Dean Smith is the reason UNC women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell wound up literally sitting where he sat to think about ways his players both could put the ball in the hole and keep the other team’s five guys from doing so. He established a level of excellence that has permeated all sports at UNC, Hatchell said. “I wanted to do that in women’s basketball,” Hatchell said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

The lessons of Dean Smith

After my story on Dean Smith ran this past March, I got an email from Kenny Dennard. Dennard started as a freshman on Duke's 1978 Final Four team and was a senior in Mike Krzyzewski's first year at Duke. Dean had recruited him hard, and before every UNC-Duke game, Dean would walk over to Dennard with a smile and remind him. (ESPN.com)

Dean Smith's influence felt strongly at UNC

The final season guard Hubert Davis played in the NBA was with the Detroit Pistons, who were in town to play against Michael Jordan during his final comeback with the Washington Wizards. Davis, who played at North Carolina from 1988 to 1992, had a surprise visitor enter the locker room before the game tipped off. His former coach at North Carolina, Dean Smith, as well as longtime assistant Bill Guthridge, who was the head coach from 1998 to 2000, stopped by to say hello. (ESPN.com)

The night Dean Smith broke the rules on race in Chapel Hill

James Forbes was at a conference of pastors Sunday in Virginia when he got a call from his brother. "Have you heard the news?" his brother asked. Dean Smith, the revered former basketball coach at the University of North Carolina, had died. (Fayetteville Observer)

Video: Stackhouse, Jamison, Smith, and Fox on Dean Smith

Former Tar Heel greats have sat down over the years with Adam Lucas and discussed their careers on and off the court. One common theme among them has been the pivotal role that former head coach Dean Smith played in their lives not only as players but their development as men. View Video...

Former UNC big man Scott Williams shares the impact Dean Smith had on him (audio)

Scott Williams details the role Dean Smith played in his life and career, including the support he provided as Williams faced a devastating personal tragedy while at Carolina. (Arizona Sports)

Dean and The Pines — Defeating Jim Crow

Dean Smith’s passing at the age of 83 touches many people in many different ways. For longtime fans of North Carolina who remember his glory days, they mourn the loss of a source of countless happy memories, as well as a mentor and father figure. (ACC Sports Journal)

Dean Smith remembered for giving opportunities, changing lives

Dean Smith was a man who gave a lot of himself -- that much is evident in the outpouring of stories about a selfless man of great integrity. It would be impossible and unfair to rank the contributions he made to society, but after his death Saturday evening, one of his characteristics that is most remembered was his penchant for giving opportunities, the kind of opportunities that change lives. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Coach Dean Smith, Zeus himself

The Four Corners was just a restaurant in Chapel Hill to me for years after I moved here. I thought the data programmers -- who left calculus back where I left fractions -- were out of their analyst minds when, the morning after a game, they'd huddle in the office hallways to relive a lay-up or exclaim about a buzzer-beater basket. Then I met Coach Dean Smith. (CNN)

Dean Smith was just as advertised

Terrence Newby, who played on Dean Smith's final team at UNC, said Monday that everything mentioned in the past few days about perhaps the greatest coach in any sport is true. Not only did Smith possess one of the greatest basketball minds of any coach to walk the sidelines, but he was as humble as he was successful and he was the true patriarch of the “Carolina family.” (Asheville Courier-Tribune)

UNC Basketball Insider 2-11

The most interesting thing to watch this Saturday is whether Roy Williams sticks with starting five he put out against Boston College. Will forward Isaiah Hicks and point guard Nate Britt get the starts over Kennedy Meeks and J.P. Tokoko? Whether the move was was to send a message or a tactical switch in scheme will be discovered on Saturday and the coming weeks. (Carolina Blue)

Read The Letter Dean Smith Sent To Michael Jordan After His Sophomore Season (photo)

Dean Smith accomplished so much on and off the court during his time as North Carolina’s coach, leaving a lasting influence both on the game and the world around him. (CBS Detroit)

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

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. UNC Pembroke
Fri, Nov 4, TBD

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, TBD

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, 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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