Dean Smith News Archive

More than $7,000 worth of items stolen from Dean Smith Center

UNC police are investigating a break-in that happened last Friday at the Dean Smith Center. More than $7,000 worth of clothes and video game consoles were stolen, according to the incident report. A UNC Basketball guard was listed as one of the victims of the larceny. UNC Police ask that anyone with info about this incident to contact Inv. Ross Barbee at (919) 962-0564.

Video: UNC Begins Run For 3rd Straight Final Four

UNC will begin its defense of the 2017 National Championship this week. But the players are hungry for another deep run in the tournament. The Tar Heels are looking for their 3rd straight Final Four, a mark the program has only achieved once before in the late 1960s under the leadership of Dean Smith.

The Biggest NCAA Tournament Moments under Roy Williams

The UNC basketball program was at a low point and needed new blood to turn the program around. Enter Roy Williams. The UNC alumni and Kansas head coach. Roy Williams had the program buzzing once again and has once again brought back the status of elite that was missing for the years after Dean Smith. Here are his biggest moments in the NCAA Tournament at UNC.

Remember Chris Webber's timeout? Don't forget the rest of an amazing 1993 tournament

North Carolina and Kansas' 1993 Final Four matchup was the second postseason meeting between UNC coach Dean Smith and future Tar Heels coach Roy Williams, both of whom would go on to combine for 20 Final Four appearances and five national championships through the 2016-17 season. It was also a rematch of the 1991 Final Four game, which Kansas won 79-73.

The philosophy of coaching, according to UNCG's Wes Miller

Wes Miller realized he had to work on himself as much as his fledgling UNCG program. He had to change his identity before he could change the Spartans. “The irony is, as I learned more about my roots coming from the Carolina family, Coach Dean Smith was the biggest changing-defenses guy ever. So I’m not really straying away from my Carolina foundation.”

Diehard UNC fan has attended all 65 ACC tournaments

Charles Brown is a diehard North Carolina Tar Heels basketball fan. Brown has been to every single ACC tournament, 65 years. His wife, Betty, quickly realized she either needed to get on board or find a new husband. Betty Brown said it was easy to get into it because of the feeling you get when you walk inside the Dean Smith Center.

No denying it: Carolina's defensive adjustment paying off

No more denying it. It was a little over a month ago that UNC coach Roy Williams had to come clean and the denials regarding denial had to stop. The aggressive halfcourt man-to-man defense Williams had run for his entire career wasn’t working for this group of Tar Heels and it was time to scrap the famed “22” defense he learned from his mentor, Dean Smith.

On Dean Smith and my Dad

I have a confession to make, one that hit me hard several years ago as I ate lunch with Coach Dean Smith: As I wished my father could have been there, I realized that I should have been there for him all those years as he sat spellbound in front of the TV cheering on Dean and his boys. As a basketball fan who bloomed late, I think about this as we approach another ACC tournament.

Michael Jordan’s UNC game-worn sneakers up for auction

Before Michael Jordan had a historic NBA career with the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards, he decided to attend the University of North Carolina and play for Dean Smith. A pair of Converse shoes worn by Jordan during the 1981-82 season that are signed and inscribed are up for auction in’s Classic Auction going on now.

Celebrating the Life of Legendary Basketball Coach Dean Smith

Dean Smith was born 87 years ago on Feb. 28, 1931, in Emporia, Kansas. His dad was a teacher and high school basketball coach. His mom was a teacher. It is from his dad that he learned to value every human being’s potential and treat everyone equally. Kansas was a segregated state at the time, but that didn’t stop his dad from putting a black player, on his team.

Chansky’s Notebook: Defying History

Happy birthday to Dean Smith, who would have turned 87 yesterday. Smith always said one of the toughest challenges in college basketball is winning on Senior Night against a good team with a great player making his last home appearance. That’s the task facing the Tar Heels, who now must win at Duke to insure a double bye in next week’s ACC tournament.

Chansky’s Notebook: A Special Tradition

North Carolina’s Senior Night falls between two very special anniversaries. When Joel Berry, Theo Pinson and Aaron Rohlman make their final appearances at the Smith Center tonight, it will be just after the 40th commemoration of Phil Ford’s famous last game in Carmichael Auditorium and before what would have been Dean Smith’s 87th birthday.

On Dean Smith Tribute Night, UNC JV basketball wins 75-61 in Carmichael Arena

The reason for North Carolina's JV basketball team still existing is former Tar Heels men’s basketball coach Dean Smith. He believed that every student deserves a chance to try out for the basketball team, so he kept the JV team in tact after the majority of colleges disbanded theirs. The North Carolina JV basketball team honored Smith on Thursday night.

Video: Michael Jordan's Iconic Turnaround Jumper Started at UNC

A look back at the GOAT as Michael Jordan prepares to turn 55 on Saturday. Jordan developed his iconic turnaround jumper at UNC under the tutelage of Dean Smith. Listen to a young Michael Jordan talk about how that shot was one of his favorites during his time at Carolina.

Chansky’s Notebook: Channeling The Dean

I’m sure Roy Williams will do this when the time is right, but Dean Smith would not have been subtle in his promotion of Luke Maye for ACC Player of the Year. Let Marvin Bagley III make All-ACC and Rookie of the Year, but he has to put in more than one season to win Best Player. I can hear Smith chiding the media, “If you don’t vote for Maye, you don’t know basketball.”

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