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Dean Smith News & Bio


Name:Dean Smith
Hometown:Emporia, KS
High School:Emporia
Born:February 28, 1931
Died:February 7, 2015
Notes:Basketball Hall of Fame, 4x NCAA Coach of the Year, 1982 NCAA Championship coach, 879 wins
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Roy Williams discusses UNC court dedication, point guard position battle for upcoming season
Roy Williams still can’t believe the court inside the arena named for his mentor Dean Smith will bear his name. The ceremony will occur Aug...

Four Corners: Quiet Around The Smith Center, For Now
The Dean Smith Center has been quiet this week, one of the few times during the year when it isn't filled with the sounds of...

Chansky’s Notebook: On a Court With His Name
UNC is lucky to have Roy Williams in more ways than one. I was in Maine when I read that the Smith Center court was...

"As it should be"
However or whenever he said it, you have to imagine that when Roy Williams was told that UNC would be dedicating the basketball court inside...

Former NC State great Tommy Burleson on his recruitment by Dean Smith
This year at Grandfather Mountain, I asked Tommy Burleson about his recruitment. He said his college choice came down to N.C. State and UNC. Tommy...

Chansky’s Notebook: Poetic Justice
Charlie Scott and Lefty Driesell have come full circle. Driesell never beat a UNC team with Scott on it, losing two NCAA Eastern Regional championship...

Dean Smith Center: Renovate or Rebuild?
It may not be in the immediate future, but the Dean Smith Center is up on the drawing board. Bubba Cunningham has said as much,...

Michael Jordan’s Break
Thus, on October 6th, a little over two months after his father‘s murder, Michael Jordan announced he was retiring from the NBA. It shouldn’t have...

Podcast: Bobby Jones On The NBA Finals, ’72 Olympics & Other Courtside Tales
Bobby Jones built a basketball career on his ability to guard other players, to the point where Nike created a marketing campaign calling him the...

Paul Hardin’s Legacy Lives on Through Carolina Blood Drive
Barbara Hardin arrived in the Dean Smith Center last week ready to encourage donors at the 30th Carolina Blood Drive. Her late husband and former...


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