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No, Dean Smith's gift is not an NCAA violation
A report from Forbes published on Saturday questioned whether the NCAA might find Dean Smith's legacy gift to former players a violation. Wait, what? That's simply not the case, the NCAA confirmed to Sporting News on Saturday. Smith's gift to his former players is not an NCAA violation in any way. Sometimes, a good deed is simply a good deed. The NCAA got this one right. Carry on.
Proof Michael Jordan has talked trash to everyone, including 'Space Jam' extras
It might come as a surprise to you, but the psyche of the greatest basketball player to ever set foot on a court is slightly different. Michael Jordan’s ability was rivaled only by his trash talking. Reggie Miller recently shared that after he was dominated by Jordan as rookie, MJ requested he refer to him as “Black Jesus.”
Kenny Smith on special relationship with Dean Smith (video)
Kenny Smith talks about the special relationship legendary coach Dean Smith had with his student-athletes.
Kuester, Shaver touched by gesture from Dean Smith
John Kuester and his wife, Tricia, stopped at their mailbox Thursday afternoon in Cary, N.C. That’s when they saw what Kuester called "something very special to remember (legendary UNC coach Dean Smith) by." Smith died Feb. 7 at age 83. In his will he directed that his trust give $200 to every letterman who played for him during his 36 seasons with the Tar Heels.
UNC-Wisconsin Postgame Notes
Carolina’s season ends at 26-12 overall and 8-3 on neutral courts. UNC is 112-44 in 156 NCAA Tournament games. The 112 wins are second-most all-time behind Kentucky. Carolina lost for the first time in the Sweet 16 since 1992. UNC had won its previous 11 Sweet 16 games. UNC played 22 of its 37 games in 2014-15 against NCAA Tournament teams and went 11-11 in those 22 games.
George Karl amazed by the kindness of his former coach Dean Smith
When George Karl heard about Dean Smith’s latest act of kindness, the one that came long after he was gone and involved a $200 check being sent to many of his former players so they could have a meaningful meal on his behalf, he couldn’t help but get emotional about his old coach. Smith, the North Carolina legend who passed away in early February, was leaving Karl and so many others inspired even after he was gone.
Matt Doherty, Richard Vinroot: Dean Smith was a better man than coach
Shaking my head saying even after the man has passed away," said former player Matt Doherty. "He's still reaching out to his former players." Less than two months after he passed away, another story of Dean Smith's generosity surfaced. "Overwhelmed," said former player Richard Vinroot. "Why would he do that for us? We owe him, not the other way around."
Serge Zwikker “Teared Up” After Receiving $200 Check From Dean Smith
Former center Serge Zwikker, who played for the Tar Heels from 1993-1997, reportedly had a strong reaction to the gesture. ESPN’s Darren Rovell reports that Zwikker “teared up” after receiving the letter and claimed he’d never cash it.
Unfinished business for UNC's Marcus Paige
UNC point guard Marcus Paige didn't deliver a hard yes to say he'd return for his senior season, but the tenor of his talk after the Tar Heels' loss in the Sweet 16 was a strong endorsement that he's got unfinished business in Chapel Hill. “That could change in five minutes, because I'm a 21-year-old kid,” Paige quipped after Wisconsin beat UNC 79-72 in STAPLES Center on Thursday.
Dave Colescott 'blown away' by Dean Smith letter
Dave Colescott nearly threw the letter away thinking it was junk mail. But Colescott, a former player at North Carolina who played for the late Dean Smith, opened the letter and it brought tears to his eyes. “On the return part of the envelope it said ‘Dean E. Smith Estate,’ so I was skeptical,” said Colescott, 57, who lives in Winston-Salem.
Dean Smith’s Legacy Reaches Central Iowa
Steve Krafcisin played one season at North Carolina before transferring closer to home at Iowa. The emotions of opening a letter from the late, Dean Smith showed just how much that one year meant to him. The letter is one of 180 $200 checks that Smith posthumously sent to his UNC letter winners. Krafcisin is one of only two players to play in two Final Fours for two different teams.
Tar Heels Grow in Late Season Success, Final Loss
North Carolina played some of its best basketball at the end of the season. Justin Jackson finally emerged as the player many had hoped, and Joel Berry gave outstanding versatility in the backcourt. The ongoing development of Nate Britt, Theo Pinson, and Isiah Hicks gives UNC quality depth and when healthy, Marcus Paige, Kennedy Meeks, and Brice Johnson can be a formidable threesome.
Tar Heels to use loss as fuel, talk returning next season
A disappointing loss to Wisconsin in the Sweet Sixteen brings the 2014-2015 UNC basketball season to a close. The Tar heels led by as much as seven in the second half, but a late run by the Badgers and clutch free throws separated the No. 1 seed as they pulled out the 79-72 win. The attention now turns to the 2015-2016 Tar Heel campaign where UNC is likely to return all five starters.
Sweet 16 game: a run cut short
A one-point deficit is cruel and deceiving. But for this team, it’s fitting. It embodies how the Tar Heels have lived and died this season: almost, but not quite there. That’s been the team’s misfortune of a mantra. Marcus Paige certainly knows this. He admits it was all he could think about near the end of fourth-seeded UNC’s 79-72 Sweet 16 loss to West Region No. 1 seed Wisconsin on Thursday.
Sweet 16 stage not too big for freshmen Justin Jackson, Joel Berry
The score was close, an Elite Eight berth was at stake and North Carolina was running against slow-paced Wisconsin. Two freshmen were leading the fastbreak. UNC doubled its lead when point guard Joel Berry fed Justin Jackson for a layup, a sequence that connected the college newcomers during a strong showing in a 79-72 loss to the Badgers.