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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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Michael Jordan Framed His $200 Check From Dean Smith
After he passed away in 2015, Dean Smith was able to thank his former players one last time in the form of a $200 check...

Jordan (Golf) Rules
The Last Dance hardly scratched the surface of Michael Jordan's passion for golf. With Pinehurst within reach of Jordan’s hometown of Wilmington and college headquarters...

Former UNC Basketball Star George Karl Reflects on Dean Smith, Vince Carter
Dean Smith prefaced each UNC basketball practice with a “Thought of the Day,” a method George Karl expounded upon in an interview with ESPN. “Most...

Podcast: Conversation with Jerry Stackhouse
Jerry Stackhouse discusses what it was like going to UNC, playing for Dean Smith, and explains why he wanted to finish his education when he...

Audio: Who Were the Best Tar Heels During the Dean Smith Era?
The Triangle beat reporter for the Athletic joined The Final Drive With Josh Parcell show to discuss a recent draft they did to determine the...

Top 30 UNC Basketball Teams Of All-Time: No. 10 - 1997-98
The 1997-98 team had chemistry like few Carolina teams when the right five were on the court, for which Bill Guthridge deserves a lot of...

Top 30 UNC Basketball Teams Of All-Time: No. 12 - 1971-72
Dean Smith broke from his policy of not bringing in junior college transfers prior to the 1971-72 season because he had a major need in...

Top 30 UNC Basketball Teams Of All-Time: No. 15 - 1945-46
The 1945-46 UNC basketball team is very interesting. Playing before nearly 19,000 at the old Madison Square Garden 15 years before Dean Smith became the...

Lawrence Taylor discusses friendship with Michael Jordan
After being drafted second overall in the 1981 NFL Draft, Lawrence Taylor returned to school to finish up that summer. It was there that he...

Forever my coach: Ryan McGee on how Johnny Majors changed his life
We should all have the blessing of a person in our lives we can call, simply, Coach. Perhaps it's the legend who had his painted...


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