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George Lynch ready to lead Clark Atlanta as new basketball coach

Clark Atlanta had success with its last NBA-player-turned-coach. So much that it had to try again. The Panthers introduced George Lynch as their men’s basketball coach Monday. Lynch, a 12-year NBA veteran and North Carolina standout, was coaching with the Grand Rapids Drive, the Detroit Pistons’ G-League affiliate, last season.

Clark Atlanta University names George Lynch new men’s basketball coach

The Thomas Cole Center on the Clark Atlanta University campus was decked out in red and black school colors in anticipation of the arrival of new men’s basketball head coach and former UNC star and NBA first round draft pick George Lynch. Lynch will make Clark Atlanta his first college head coaching job after having spent time as college and G-League assistant.

Video: UNC Beats Michigan's Fab-5 to Win 1993 NCAA Title - April 5, 1993

Final Four MVP Donald Williams score 25 points for the second Final Four game in a row, Eric Montross scores 16 and George Lynch posts his fourth straight double-double as UNC avenges an earlier loss to Michigan with 77-71 victory in the 1993 NCAA title game. The win gives Dean Smith his second NCAA championship.

Video: UNC Comes Back to Beat Cincinnati in OT, Advance to Final Four - March 28, 1993

Cincinnati’s Nick Van Exel scores 21 first-half points and the Bearcats lead North Carolina by as many as 15 in the first half. Then Derrick Phelps clamps down on Van Exel, and East Regional MVP George Lynch scores 21 and grabs 14 rebounds in a 75-68 overtime win to send Carolina to the Final Four.

Tar Heels Today: Recruiting Notes, alumni update, new Jordans, scores & schedule

A look at some UNC basketball recruiting notes, updates on Dante Calabria and Nate Britt, highlights of an historic UNC comeback victory, some sweet new UNC Jordans, and a look at the latest Carolina scores and schedule in this edition of Tar Heels Today.

UNC-Arkansas history

Today marks the sixth time Arkansas has played UNC in the NCAA Tournament and the third time since 2008. March 26, 1993 UNC 80, Arkansas 74 - The Tar Heels were clinging to a one-point lead when UNC guard Donald Williams broke open on a back-door cut, got a pass from George Lynch and hit a layup with 42 seconds left that proved to be the decisive basket.

Fan Town Hall addresses social responsibilities of athletes

Do today's African-American athletes bear any responsibility to commenting on social issues? George Lynch, who played for Dean Smith, said the legendary coach encouraged them to speak up if they had something to say. He also noted that it is tougher for low-profile athletes to get heard. "As players, we do a lot of things in the community, but unless you are a bigger name, you don't get recognized."

George Lynch remembers Dean Smith

When George Lynch got to the NBA, he was surprised to find that not everyone had enjoyed playing for their college coach. But Lynch certainly did. He played for the late Dean Smith. Lynch, a former Patrick Henry star, played for Smith at North Carolina from 1989 to 1993. “He treated me like a son,” Lynch, 44, said this week in a phone interview from Dallas.

George Lynch on Dean Smith: ‘Even when you played for him...he was still a legendary figure’

George Lynch, senior captain of the 1993 national championship team: “He always wanted the guys to be themselves. Other than the press conference (after the 1993 NCAA victory), I didn’t see coach Smith around. He wanted us to enjoy the moment. Even in pre-game meals, he encouraged us to eat pre-game meals without him because he wanted us to enjoy the time we were spending together."

Lucas: Coming Back

You know and I know that George Lynch had the big steal and dunk against Florida State in 1993, and Marvin Williams made the shot against Duke in 2005, and Ty Lawson sank the buzzer-beater at Florida State in 2009. And now, there is Marcus Paige (again), who drove the lane (again) and somehow went through a defense that knew he was getting the ball (again) and made the game-winner for the Tar Heels (again).

Monmouth's King Rice, SMU's George Lynch to have UNC reunion in Dallas

George Lynch, the Director of Player Development on the SMU team that will host King Rice and Monmouth on Sunday in Dallas, was a sophomore on the 1991 North Carolina team, but remembers Rice taking charge going to back to his freshman year in 1990. "I just remember my first days on campus and we had great upperclassmen like Kings," the 12-year NBA veteran said.

George Lynch named new director of player development at SMU

The SMU basketball program has named George Lynch the new director of player development. Lynch, who served as the strength and conditioning coach in 2013-14, will replace Eric Snow who left the Mustangs to join the coaching staff at Florida Atlantic University. Lynch graduated from North Carolina in 1993 after winning the NCAA Championship.

Recruiting against Tar Heels tough but not impossible

On the eve of basketball prospect Robert Johnson’s announcement of his college choice, I found myself wondering about Virginia’s track record when recruiting against North Carolina. Johnson, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Benedictine in Richmond, has not eliminated any of the four schools he has visited (UVa, UNC, Indiana and Florida State). He’s supposed to reveal his decision Friday at 3:30 p.m. UVa was involved with several Virginians who ended up picking the Tar Heels, most notably J.R. Reid and George Lynch.

Reggie Bullock Named Team MVP at Basketball Awards Banquet

UNC Press Release - Forward Reggie Bullock led the University of North Carolina in three-point percentage, was second in rebounding and third in scoring and assists and was named the first-ever recipient of the Dean Smith Most Valuable Player Award at UNC's men's basketball awards ceremony held Tuesday night.

Former UNC center Eric Montross remembers the timeout, 20 years later

Friday was the 20th anniversary of that night in the New Orleans Superdome – the anniversary of Dean Smith’s second national championship, and of Chris Webber’s panicked plea for a timeout the Wolverines didn’t have. Had it really been that long since Montross and Donald Williams and George Lynch led the Tar Heels to their third national championship?

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