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Remembering Dean Smith
Roy Williams has reprised the role of a history professor since Dean Smith, his mentor, died Feb. 7. Williams’ players aren’t old enough to fully appreciate the man for whom the arena in which they play is named. “I always kind of had an idea of how great of a legend he was,” UNC forward Kennedy Meeks said Saturday after the Tar Heels beat Georgia Tech.
Final Farewell: Coach Smith Cherished, Celebrated By Those He Loved
The life and legacy of Dean Smith was publicly celebrated Sunday in the Carolina basketball showpiece that bears his name, the Dean E. Smith Center. There were few dry eyes in the house as former players, coaches and friends paid tribute to UNC’s priceless gem. ‘Amazing Grace’, sung to perfection by the UNC Clef Hangers, certainly didn’t help those watery eyes any, either.
Lucas: Family Weekend
As anyone with a family knows, no one can fight like family, because no one knows exactly where to hit you like family. But no one can come together like family, either. So it was fitting that on Sunday afternoon it was Roy Williams who prompted the crowd to give a standing ovation to Bill Guthridge. Those two had their differences when Williams decided not to return to Carolina in 2000. But there was too much history to let it linger.
The Dean Smith Memorial Celebration
On a Sunday afternoon that radiated warmth after a week of ice and snow, around 10,000 fans and hundreds of former lettermen and friends of the Carolina basketball family came to bid a final farewell to Dean Smith at a memorial celebration in the building that bears his name on Sunday.
Pointing to Coach Smith
The Dean E. Smith Center, the banners hung within, and the wins and championships the arena was built upon were secondary on Sunday to the man the building was named for nearly 30 years ago. Current and former players and coaches, friends and family, national and state leaders, and thousands of fans filed into the Smith Center on Sunday afternoon for Dean Smith’s public memorial service.
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
Three photos of Carolina's Four Corners against Georgia Tech: Roy Williams signaling the play
from the bench, Marcus Paige calling the play
on the court, and a remarkable shot taken from the rafters
as the play developed.
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.”