Lee Dedmon, Dudley Bradley, and Pete Budko Reflect On Dean SmithFormer North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith's legacy goes far beyond his win-loss record, and far beyond Chapel Hill, N.C. And he was no stranger to Baltimore. Smith didn't come to town to recruit often, but when he did, he usually closed the deal. Three former Baltimore-area high school standouts played for the Hall of Fame coach, who died Feb. 7 at the age of 83. Lee Dedmon of City College, Dudley Bradley of Edgewood and Pete Budko of Loyola Blakefield all played for Smith. (PressBox Baltimore)
Duke-UNC documentary to premiere on gamedayFans without tickets to Wednesday’s Duke-North Carolina basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium will still be able to fully envelop themselves in the fervor of the rivalry as the premiere of the film Duke-Carolina: The Blue Blood Rivalry will show at Northgate Mall. (WRAL Sports Fan)
The Legacy Of Dean Smith Is Not Tainted By The UNC ScandalNot only was Dean Smith not involved in UNC’s academic scandal, he was clearly a lifelong champion of academics and one of the greatest examples ever of what college athletics are supposed to be about. (ACC Sports Journal)
Video: Roy Williams, Marcus Paige Post-Pittsburgh Press ConferenceNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams and junior Marcus Paige spoke to the media following the Tar Heels' tough game at Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Pitt shows no love for No. 12 Heels in 89-76 routHere came North Carolina on Valentine’s Day, among the best rebounding teams in the ACC, the very best in the league on the offensive end where second-chance points are generated. The Tar Heels brought that fact and their No. 12 ranking to the Petersen Events Center on Saturday. Pitt melted whatever sweet ideas UNC had, because the Panthers roasted hot shots during an 89-76 victory. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Woody Durham, longtime UNC announcer, will be emcee for public memorial to Dean SmithWoody Durham, the former voice of the North Carolina Tar Heels who broadcast most of Dean Smith’s career, says he'll feel a little pressure as the master of ceremonies for the public memorial for Smith on Feb. 22. Durham, 73, retired in July, 2011 after 40 years as the voice of the Tar Heels. He said he expects a near full house at the Dean Smith Center to honor Smith, who died on Feb. 7 at the age of 83. (Winston-Salem Journal)
Pittsburgh students honor Dean Smith with touching bannerWhen Pittsburgh's PA announcer called for a moment of silence in honor of the legendary Tar Heels coach, students in the front row of the Oakland Zoo unveiled a banner with one of Smith's most iconic quotes scrawled across it in Carolina blue ink. It read, “You should never be proud of doing what’s right. You should just do what’s right.” (Yahoo! Sports)
Tar Heels Buried UnderAll around Roy Williams was hail, raining down from atop the Petersen Events Center and piling in Pittsburgh's basket. He was powerless to stop it. His team was not. It could have guarded better, Williams said. It could have done more to prod and nudge and disrupt Pittsburgh, which by Saturday afternoon's end had bludgeoned No. 12 North Carolina, 89-76. And yet the hail kept coming. (Inside Carolina)
Tar Heels Seeking A SparkJ.P. Tokoto sat down in the visitor's locker room at the Petersen Events Center and prepared for the questions. He had, for the second-straight week, watched No. 12 North Carolina's starters take the floor without him. He had, Saturday in UNC's lopsided 89-76 loss to unranked Pittsburgh, scored four points in 24 minutes. And now he had, for another week, faced a question about his role. (Inside Carolina)
Lucas: Go Where He GoesDuring the basketball season, Roy Williams doesn’t play golf. During the basketball season, Roy Williams doesn’t go to the beach. During the basketball season, Roy Williams doesn’t do much of anything other than see his immediate family, go recruiting, and coach the Tar Heels. (GoHeels.com)
Big House Gaines, Dean Smith admired each otherI couldn’t help but think about Big House Gaines on Sunday — in between writing assignments as we chased plenty of stories on the life and times of Dean Smith, the legendary former North Carolina coach. Smith and Gaines — the legendary former Winston-Salem State basketball coach — knew each other very well. Both were firm believers in loyalty to players long after they had left college. (Winston-Salem Journal)
Phil Ford, Dean Smith remain linked in Carolina historyPhil Ford was always close with his coaches growing up. So it only made sense that Ford, as a high school senior in Rocky Mount, wanted a similar bond with his college coach. “It’s not only basketball then,” Ford said. “You’re looking at someone who would share their whole life with you.” (Greensboro News & Record)
UNC-Pitt: Roy Williams Postgame QuotesRoy Williams: "Everybody gets to beat up college athletics a little bit about money and all of that kind of stuff, but that was a pretty neat thing, what those kids did out there. They gave me a card that was signed by a bunch of kids sharing their condolences over the loss of Coach Smith. They also gave me the banner that they held up before the game." (Inside Carolina)
Mike O'Koren on Dean Smith: 'remarkable person'In four years playing for the late, great Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina, Mike O'Koren scored 1,785 points, won 94 games and rebelled one time. On that occasion, O'Koren complained to the media about the excruciating pace of Smith's famous "four corners" spread offense. At the next practice, Smith gave him a 10-pound vest and orders to run the bleachers for the duration of the workout. (Asbury Park Press)
Video: UNC-Pitt Game HighlightsView complete game highlights from North Carolina's 89-76 ACC road loss to Pitt on Saturday.
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