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Video: A Celebration of the Life of Dean E. Smith
The University of North Carolina celebrated the life of Dean Smith Sunday as former players, coaches, fans, family and school administrators gathered in the building bearing Smith's name to remember the coaching legend:
Fans, players attend public memorial for former UNC coach Dean Smith
Fans, former players and coaching colleagues gathered Sunday to honor the late Dean Smith. The school held a public memorial service for the retired Hall of Famer in the campus arena bearing his name, drawing thousands of fans to pay their respects to the coach whose career made him not only the face of the university and a coaching innovator but also a civil-rights advocate.
For Dean Smith, team was more important than talent
Phil Ford’s watch may read 4:18 p.m., but your clock will tell you the time is really 4:08 p.m. “I’m 59 now, but that’s still left over from Coach Smith,” Ford said “That was Coach Smith’s most important principle -- I’m not more important than anyone else. Being late says your time is more important than my time.”
Photos: Carolina's Four Corners versus Georgia Tech
Audio: Coach Smith discussing his first win
Dean Smith talks about his first win as head coach at Carolina, including something very important that he forgot to bring to the game.
Dean’s way is the right way
In 1982, the NCAA had 22 watches and UNC had 23 team members. David Hart, as the youngest manager, was left out. Arriving back in Chapel Hill, an assistant coach asked David to go see Coach Smith. When David found him, Coach Smith told him how much he appreciated his hard work and gave David his national championship watch.
A 1-on-1 interview with Dean Smith — and a mop
The "story" was North Carolina senior forward Dave Popson, a local high school standout (in Wilkes Barre about 20 minutes south of Scranton). He was a Tar Heels starter, playing just three hours from home and now he's just two wins away from the Final Four. My "don't come back unless you get this" instruction was a 1-on-1 interview with Dean Smith.
A Basketball Mind in Tune With the Social Fabric
For the longest time, the only thing I knew about Dean Smith was his dreaded four corners offense, the system he popularized as the men’s basketball coach at North Carolina....It turned out, though, that Smith was more than a great coach with an irksome system. People I respected began to tell me about Smith’s civil rights consciousness, and its deep roots.
Every College Coach Should Aspire to Be Like Dean Smith
Winning breeds a fog where all flaws are forgiven. Smart, driven, charismatic coaches deserve our respect, but not outright adulation. We make simply make too much of college coaches. Dean Smith, however, always seemed like the exception.
Dean Smith’s Pardon Letter for Wilmington Ten Revealed
While many know of how Dean Smith recruited Charlie Scott as the first African-American to play ACC basketball in the ‘60’s, it has never been revealed, until now, that Dean Smith also tried to use his considerable influence with Gov. James B. Hunt in 1977 to secure pardons for ten wrongly convicted civil rights activists known as “the Wilmington Ten.”
Dean Smith’s gift: ‘He made you feel special,’ rival coaches say
It was halftime, and Les Robinson’s East Tennessee State team was getting drilled by the North Carolina Tar Heels, slogging its way to a 118-65 loss and a 7-21 season in 1987. A frustrated Robinson exited the locker room to find Dean Smith in the hallway, smoking his usual halftime cigarette. “Les,” the legendary UNC coach said, “I’m sorry about this. Is there anything I can do?”
Coach Smith - Rivalry & Respect
My sports marketing career began in Charlottesville at UVA in the late-70s. That's where I became one of those ABC fans - anybody but Carolina. But today you might say I'm a recovering ABCer, because I was won over by Dean Smith's progressive faith and politics as well as his generosity. It began in 2003 with the ALS Association's "Field of Dreams Gala."
Thank you, Dean Smith
Dean Smith would have disliked this column. He would have politely urged me not to bother. He would have suggested a dozen topics he found more worthwhile. But I should have written this 30 years ago. With Coach Smith’s passing, it can’t be put off any longer.
Strelow: Sharing my favorite Dean Smith memory
Dean Smith always appreciated an assist. Among his many innovations, Smith is credited with inventing the practice of pointing to the passer after an assisted basket. The North Carolina player who scored did it. His teammates on the floor did it. So did the coaches and players at the bench, even fans in the stands.
Remembering Dean Smith and a wonderful night listening to him tell stories
The moment I heard that Dean Smith had died, I felt very empty inside. Not that I knew Smith well, but I did spend some time with him. When I was a rookie reporter for the Greensboro Daily News in 1977-78, I occasionally was assigned to be one of herd covering North Carolina basketball games.