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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)

Jeff Lebo remembers mentor

When Jeff Lebo saw that Roy Williams was calling, he knew the North Carolina coach was not ringing him up to deliver good news. After answering the phone early Sunday morning, Lebo listened as Williams told him that Dean Smith, the Tar Heels’ Hall of Fame basketball coach, had died on Saturday night at age 83. (Greenville Daily Reflector)

What Dean Smith Meant to Me

I never actually met Dean Smith. A miscommunicated word likely kept me from being a basketball manager and thus part of the UNC basketball family. But I felt like I knew Dean Smith, as did Tar Heel fans everywhere. And I did have two memorable times of interacting with him that helped define his greatness beyond the basketball court. Here is the story of what Dean Smith meant to me. (Tar Heel Blog)

Obama: Dean Smith always did it with grace and dignity

Speaking with David Glenn on 99.9 The Fan ESPN Radio Monday, President Barack Obama said that Dean Smith was one of the greatest coaches of all time because of the way he handled himself, not just because of his record. "Dean Smith will go down as one of the greatest coaches in sports history precisely because he did it the right way," Obama said. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Goodbye, Coach Smith

Opening the door, I spotted the man. The man I had seen on sidelines every Wednesday night and Saturday afternoon. The man who had finally won the big one when I was 12. The man whose picture stared at me every morning as I grew up, his stern face pictured on a North Carolina basketball poster. Dean Smith. Walking toward me. (Chapelboro.com)

People scalped issues of the free UNC student newspaper commemorating Dean Smith

On Monday the UNC’s campus newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, ran an issue with a cover story commemorating legendary basketball coach Dean Smith, who passed away this past weekend. The Daily Tar Heel usually circulates 15,000 papers, but Sunday night decided to print an additional thousand copies of the free paper. “Then we got up this morning and by 10 a.m. people were scalping them in the street.” (USA Today)

Art’s Angle: The Human Side

Dean Smith believed in racial equality, fought for the nuclear freeze and against the death penalty. But most of the time he respected dissenting opinions. When a former player, Richard Vinroot, ran for Governor as a Republican, Coach Smith the liberal Democrat supported Vinroot as a smart, honest and caring person if not necessarily his candidate of choice. (Chapelboro.com)

Monday Roy Williams Quotes

Roy Williams: "[Dean Smith] was very calm. He always wanted to be prepared. He felt like being prepared allowed you to be confident and calm and to make plays. The timeout before Michael’s shot (against Georgetown) was one of the most amazing moments of coaching that I had ever witnessed, and still to this day, that I’ve ever witnessed. He was so confident in the timeout, so assuring to our team." (Inside Carolina)

Everything I ever needed to know, I learned from Dean Smith

I have a 14-year-old daughter. That means for the last two-plus years, the phrase “not fair” has been heard in our house. Nothing is fair. Nothing is just. People are awful, and the disparity in their treatment usually goes against my daughter. It’s all just so unfair. Finally, one day, I sat my daughter down and told her a story about Dean Smith. (ACC Sports Journal)

Dean Smith: Life Of A Legend (video)

Former University of North Carolina head men's basketball coach Dean Smith died Saturday night in Chapel Hill, according to the UNC-Chapel Hill Athletics Department. The university reports Smith "passed away peacefully" in his Chapel Hill home Saturday surrounded by his wife and five children. (WFMY)

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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