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Sylvia Hatchell recalls Dean Smith’s influence

Dean Smith is the reason UNC women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell wound up literally sitting where he sat to think about ways his players both could put the ball in the hole and keep the other team’s five guys from doing so. He established a level of excellence that has permeated all sports at UNC, Hatchell said. “I wanted to do that in women’s basketball,” Hatchell said.


The lessons of Dean Smith

After my story on Dean Smith ran this past March, I got an email from Kenny Dennard. Dennard started as a freshman on Duke's 1978 Final Four team and was a senior in Mike Krzyzewski's first year at Duke. Dean had recruited him hard, and before every UNC-Duke game, Dean would walk over to Dennard with a smile and remind him.


Dean Smith's influence felt strongly at UNC

The final season guard Hubert Davis played in the NBA was with the Detroit Pistons, who were in town to play against Michael Jordan during his final comeback with the Washington Wizards. Davis, who played at North Carolina from 1988 to 1992, had a surprise visitor enter the locker room before the game tipped off. His former coach at North Carolina, Dean Smith, as well as longtime assistant Bill Guthridge, who was the head coach from 1998 to 2000, stopped by to say hello.


The night Dean Smith broke the rules on race in Chapel Hill

James Forbes was at a conference of pastors Sunday in Virginia when he got a call from his brother. "Have you heard the news?" his brother asked. Dean Smith, the revered former basketball coach at the University of North Carolina, had died.


Video: Stackhouse, Jamison, Smith, and Fox on Dean Smith

Former Tar Heel greats have sat down over the years with Adam Lucas and discussed their careers on and off the court. One common theme among them has been the pivotal role that former head coach Dean Smith played in their lives not only as players but their development as men.


Former UNC big man Scott Williams shares the impact Dean Smith had on him (audio)

Scott Williams details the role Dean Smith played in his life and career, including the support he provided as Williams faced a devastating personal tragedy while at Carolina.


Dean and The Pines — Defeating Jim Crow

Dean Smith’s passing at the age of 83 touches many people in many different ways. For longtime fans of North Carolina who remember his glory days, they mourn the loss of a source of countless happy memories, as well as a mentor and father figure.


Dean Smith remembered for giving opportunities, changing lives

Dean Smith was a man who gave a lot of himself -- that much is evident in the outpouring of stories about a selfless man of great integrity. It would be impossible and unfair to rank the contributions he made to society, but after his death Saturday evening, one of his characteristics that is most remembered was his penchant for giving opportunities, the kind of opportunities that change lives.


Coach Dean Smith, Zeus himself

The Four Corners was just a restaurant in Chapel Hill to me for years after I moved here. I thought the data programmers -- who left calculus back where I left fractions -- were out of their analyst minds when, the morning after a game, they'd huddle in the office hallways to relive a lay-up or exclaim about a buzzer-beater basket. Then I met Coach Dean Smith.


Dean Smith was just as advertised

Terrence Newby, who played on Dean Smith's final team at UNC, said Monday that everything mentioned in the past few days about perhaps the greatest coach in any sport is true. Not only did Smith possess one of the greatest basketball minds of any coach to walk the sidelines, but he was as humble as he was successful and he was the true patriarch of the “Carolina family.”


UNC Basketball Insider 2-11

The most interesting thing to watch this Saturday is whether Roy Williams sticks with starting five he put out against Boston College. Will forward Isaiah Hicks and point guard Nate Britt get the starts over Kennedy Meeks and J.P. Tokoko? Whether the move was was to send a message or a tactical switch in scheme will be discovered on Saturday and the coming weeks.


Read The Letter Dean Smith Sent To Michael Jordan After His Sophomore Season (photo)

Dean Smith accomplished so much on and off the court during his time as North Carolina’s coach, leaving a lasting influence both on the game and the world around him.


College basketball fans remember Dean Smith with the perfect story

When the death of legendary North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith was announced, a story from a 2014 John Feinstein column began making the rounds around the Internet. Feinstein, who wrote the column shortly after Smith celebrated his 83rd birthday told an anecdote from when he was working on a story about Smith during his coaching days.


Pace: The View From The Bench

Two former Tar Heel basketball managers several years ago queried their fellow managers from the coaching regimes of Dean Smith and Bill Guthridge for anecdotes and stories about their experiences as the cogs beneath the surface that have made the Carolina program run like a Swiss watch for half a century.


Mick Mixon: Dean Smith And Me

Dean Smith understood human nature. He comingled pride and humility better than any coach in any team sport. He comingled the strident belief in a system with an organic, evolutionary coaching style better than any coach in any team sport. And he instinctively knew when to build a player or team up and when to break them down.


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