Steve Hale remembers Dean Smith
All those wins. The 11 Final Four appearances and two national titles. The mastermind behind the revolutionary "four-corner" offense. North Carolina's Dean Smith is a legend in college basketball. But he was so much more to his players at Chapel Hill, says Dr. Steve Hale, a former Tar Heel under Smith in the 1980s.
Legendary ACC Team No. 16: 1984 North Carolina
Is this the most underachieving ACC team ever? Some may agree that it is. The Tar Heels had Michael Jordan as a junior, Sam Perkins as a senior, Matt Doherty as a senior, Kenny Smith, Brad Daugherty, Joe Wolf, Dave Popson, Steve Hale, Kevin Madden, and so on.
Opening night at 'Dome' was something special
Inside Carcmichael Auditorium, where the Tar Heels used to play their home games, Steve Hale told me a few days before the game that the team had practiced in the Smith Center and that he especially liked the rims. Well, he wasn't kidding. Hale nailed Duke with a career-high 28 points, and after UNC beat Duke 95-92.