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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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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...

Chansky’s Notebook: Dean and ‘Dixie’
North Carolina basketball coaching legend Dean Smith was 53 years ahead of NASCAR, which announced on Wednesday that the confederate flag would no longer be...

Top 30 UNC Basketball Teams Of All-Time: No. 19 - 1975-76
A team with four gold-medal winning Olympians has to be pretty good, right? That was the case for the 1975-76 Tar Heels. Dean Smith was...

Pistons acquisition of Rasheed Wallace shook the NBA – and brought another banner to Detroit
Nobody could have known for sure how emphatically Rasheed Wallace completed the Pistons. The ace Joe Dumars held in his pocket was Larry Brown, whose...

UNC's George Lynch on What Made Dean Smith Great
George Lynch played at UNC from 1989-1993, capping his college career as a leader and starter on Carolina's 1993 National Championship team. Lynch played under...

Vince Carter retiring means no more Dean Smith-coached players in NBA
From 1998-2020, Vince Carter played for eight different NBA teams, made eight NBA All-Star games and was an All-NBA selection twice. But his retirement also...

Jordan's Call Gave UNC's Scott Williams a Shot with the Bulls
Scott Williams, one of UNC’s best big men under Dean Smith, developed a rare connection with Michael Jordan. Williams, who was once recruited by Jordan...

What Dean Smith Said Before Michael Jordan's Championship-Winner
In an interview for Inside the Green Room with Danny Green, Roy Williams shared exactly what Dean Smith told his team in the huddle just...

Michael Jordan wouldn’t be Jordan without Dean Smith
Michael Jordan was just a normal college kid with raw talent when he arrived to begin his collegiate basketball career for head coach Dean Smith...

Recruiting History: Mark Maye, The Coveted Quarterback
The first recruiting letter that former North Carolina quarterback Mark Maye received wasn’t from UNC coach Dick Crum or football coaches at in-state schools like...


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