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David Chadwick on Dean Smith: ‘To him, it was always about the team being first.’

David Chadwick, player for Smith at UNC from 1968 to 71, senior pastor at Forest Hill Church in Charlotte since 1980 and the author of “The 12 Leadership Principles of Dean Smith”: “I found out about coach Smith just before it was time to preach on Sunday...." (Charlotte Observer)

Dean Smith always wanted his accomplishments to be about someone else

I remember Dean Smith’s handshake. I was a kid, maybe 10 in the mid-1960s, when I met Smith for the first time after a North Carolina basketball game at the original Charlotte Coliseum. When he shook my hand, I did my best not to whimper because he had a grip like a vise. It was the first time I felt conviction in a handshake. (Charlotte Observer)

Charlie Scott's children remember Dean Smith

Simone Scott, a UNC alum, shared a letter and gift that Dean Smith sent when she was born, as well as a photo that includes Smith and her brothers Shannon and Shaun....Shannon Dean Scott, a starting guard at Ohio State, posted this photo and message.

Shaquille O’Neal: I almost chose UNC over LSU

As tributes for late North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith continue to pour in, former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal revealed Tuesday night on national TV that he almost joined Smith’s Tar Heels in 1989. O’Neal, an NBA studio analyst on TNT, said as a high school player from San Antonio, Texas, he met Smith twice and nearly committed to North Carolina after a trip to Chapel Hill. (Charlotte Observer)

George Karl closing in on Sacramento Kings job

Only a dramatic and unexpected collapse in the final stage of negotiations can prevent George Karl from becoming the next coach of the Sacramento Kings, according to league sources. Although the Kings have yet to formally announce a done deal with Karl, sources told ESPN on Tuesday that the organization is already operating under the premise that Karl will take over the team after the All-Star break. (ESPN.com)

Dean Smith made everyone feel like they mattered

I like to think this is what made Dean Smith so special. He used his amazing powers of recall and applied them equally to everyone. He treated me the same as he would Michael Jordan or anyone. And he made me feel cared about. And, of course, he was about as nice a person as you could ask for. (ESPN.com)

UNC Road Swing Continues At Pitt

North Carolina will play its first ACC game in Pittsburgh when it plays the Pitt Panthers on Saturday at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt joined the ACC last year, but the teams met in the regular season in Chapel Hill and the ACC Tournament in Greensboro but not in Pittsburgh. Tipoff is set for 12:06 p.m., and the ACC Network will televise the game with Tim Brando and Mike Gminski on the call. (GoHeels.com)

Bond between Dean Smith, Woody Durham went beyond basketball

Woody Durham has called more than 1,800 basketball and football games at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including all but 10 years of Dean Smith’s coaching career. The two men have had countless conversations on and off the air about basketball, their children and society. Smith also talked with Durham about things that bothered him, including the building that bears his name. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Roy Williams On The Passing Of Jerry Tarkanian

"It's another sad day for those who love college basketball and the people who have contributed so much to our game. 'Tark' was a great coach, better than people gave him credit for, and he loved college basketball. He was one of the few coaches who were successful playing more than one style. Our sympathies go out to his son, Danny, and all of the Tarkanian family." (WFMY)

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)

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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