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Did Dean Smith’s gifts to former players violate NCAA rules?

Earlier this week, we were treated to a heartwarming example of why Dean Smith is one of the most respected coaches in sports history when each of his former players began receiving checks for $200. The late UNC coach willed $200 to each of his former lettermen so they could enjoy a dinner on him....Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Dean Smith willed $200 to each of his former players

If you want to know a little bit about the type of person and coach Dean Smith was, look no further than his will and trust. Smith, a legendary North Carolina basketball coach who passed away last month at age 83, has willed $200 to each of his former players. Those who played for Smith...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

UNC pays tribute to Dean Smith with 'four corners' offense

During his legendary coaching career, Dean Smith turned the University of North Carolina men’s basketball program into one of the most storied in college basketball. While many will remember Smith for sending Michael Jordan, James Worthy, and a host of other household names into the NBA, his use of the “four corners offense” became one...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Remembering Dean Smith and Jerry Tarkanian

In a way, Dean Smith and Jerry Tarkanian fell on opposite ends of the spectrum. When Smith was hired as the head coach at North Carolina in 1961, he inherited a program embroiled in a point-shaving scandal. The Tar Heels had won a national championship four years earlier, but suddenly winning took a backseat to merely maintaining the program’s image. He turned North Carolina...
Via The Sports Post
February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

The five strongest branches of Dean Smith’s coaching tree

In terms of the consistency, depth and height of coaching achievements, it’s very hard to put Dean Edwards Smith above John Wooden or Mike Krzyzewski on any all-time list in college basketball. Wooden’s championships and Coach K’s combination of national titles with Final Four appearances would almost certainly place them above Smith — maybe not by huge margins, but by...
Via The Student Section
February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

President Obama pays tribute to Dean Smith

From Michael Jordan to Mike Krzyzewski, many have released statements on the passing of former North Carolina coach Dean Smith.  Add the president of the United States to the list of people who were affected by the Tar Heels’ legendary coach.  President Barack Obama has released a personal statement regarding Smith’s death. Here it is:  Statement from @BarackObama on...
Via College Spun
February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Revisiting Dean Smith's recruiting letter to Michael Jordan

With North Carolina announcing former head coach Dean Smith’s passing, former players, members of the media and fans have been sharing their favorite memories from Smith’s tenure in Chapel Hill. One of the most circulated photos from Sunday morning is the letter of recruitment that Smith sent to Michael Jordan back in 1980. This isn’t the first time the photo has gone viral...
Via College Spun
February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Duke sends classy tweets about Dean Smith

There’s no doubt that Duke and North Carolina have the fiercest college basketball rivalry in the country. But there’s also no doubt that underneath it all, the two programs have serious respect for each other. After UNC announced former coach Dean Smith’s passing Sunday morning, that fact was yet again on full display. Duke, in response, has posted an incredibly classy tweet...
Via College Spun
February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Legendary UNC coach Dean Smith dies at 83

Legendary University of North Carolina men’s basketball head coach Dean Smith passed away Saturday night, the school announced Sunday morning. He was 83. Smith, widely regarded as one of the best coaches in college basketball history, passed away at his home in North Carolina surrounded by his family. The longtime UNC coach retired in 1997 as the winningest coach in college hoops...
February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

North Carolina Basketball: My tribute to Dean Smith

The building that is named after him, another honor that Dean Smith did not want Last Wednesday Dean Edwards Smith’s wife received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on his behalf from President Barack Obama, proving once again that for as legendary a coach he has been, he has been just as great, if not better, as a human being. For those of you that think this post is a bit late…...
November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

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