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Dean Smith: Saying Goodbye to One of the Good Guys
Sadly, Dean Smith's death comes at a time when the sport of college basketball is at a crossroads. In this current era, education is seemingly an afterthought: Ideals like teamwork, sportsmanship and selflessness are all but absent, and men like Smith – who stand up for social change, regardless of status or sponsorship deals – are few and far between. Rarer still are those that do it while eschewing the spotlight.
The Daily Tar Heel Dean Smith Commemorative Issue
A look at the print edition that the Daily Tar Heel published, including a remarkable front page.
Wes Durham on Dean Smith: ‘He was a larger-than-life figure for me because of what my dad did’
“Dean Smith was a larger-than-life figure for me because of what my dad (Woody Durham) did. He was this iconic thing. “Here’s Dean Smith about to play an ACC game, he walks out to do an interview with my dad and he not only knows that (my high school team) won, but that we’ve won three in a row. And he felt compelled to ask me if I did anything more than score four points.”
Dean Smith a hoops legend and even better man
Dean Smith, the legendary North Carolina basketball coach who died Saturday at age 83, was one of the greatest college basketball coaches of all time. That is as indisputable as the fact that a former player of Smith's, Michael Jordan, is one of the greatest basketball players of all time. But to put Dean Smith in that limiting box of "college basketball coach" is to ignore the greatness of the man himself, the kind of humble and life-sweeping greatness that is sorely lacking not just in sports today, but in America.
Dean Smith's principles still have presence in UNC's program
After rebounding Marcus Paige's missed floater and scoring on a putback dunk, Brice Johnson acknowledged Paige. Pointing to the passer is a long-standing Carolina tradition. Pointing to an errant shooter? Dean Smith's influence remains very much present in Roy Williams and at UNC, even in an era when some of Smith's old-school values butt heads with the big-money business of college basketball.
Bill Chamberlain, UNC's second black recruit, says Dean Smith championed equality
Bill Chamberlain was the second black player that Dean Smith recruited to UNC, and he played for the Tar Heels at a time when he needed the support of a strong coach and a stronger man. Chamberlain could have played college basketball anywhere, but he wanted to play for Smith. "Coach Smith was clearly a dedicated Christian gentleman who my parents loved, which was huge to me," he recalled.
Lucas: Group Therapy
As anyone knows who has dealt with the death of a loved one, there are times you think you might never laugh again. There are also times you laugh when you thought you might cry, and cry when you thought you might laugh. Monday night at Top of the Hill, less than 48 hours after the death of Dean Smith, was a little bit of all of those. Officially, it was the Roy Williams Live radio show hosted by Jones Angell.
Jeff McInnis Remembers Dean Smith
“He was more than a basketball coach,” said Jeff McInnis, who played for Dean Smith’s North Carolina Tar Heels from 1993-96. “He was just a fair man. For me to have played for him and had a relationship with him, that’s the greatest thing for me. He was a father figure, a mentor, everything. Today, it’s like losing your own dad.”
Humility, attention to detail marked Dean Smith's career, life
As the final seconds of his milestone victory melted away, the capacity crowd rose and chanted his name. Dean Smith was about to become major college basketball's all-time winningest coach. But Smith did not acknowledge the applause. The genuine humility and obsessive attention to detail in that 1997 snapshot defined the gentleman who died Saturday at age 83.
Dean Smith’s Innovations Included an Early Zeal for Statistical Analysis
For decades, Coach Dean Smith would tell his players how many points they had scored and had allowed per possession. In the 1960s, he began to task managers with keeping the statistic. Smith — who majored in mathematics at Kansas, and who said he would have been happy to be a math teacher — emphasized possession-based analysis as early as 1959.
Dean Smith service Thursday, with public memorial Feb. 22 at Smith Center
The University of North Carolina will celebrate the life of Coach Dean Smith during a public memorial service at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22, in the Dean E. Smith Center. More details will be announced at a later date. The public, fans and all who cared about Coach Smith are invited to attend this event. The family will have a private church service on Thursday morning, Feb. 12.
Jeff Lebo remembers mentor
When Jeff Lebo saw that Roy Williams was calling, he knew the North Carolina coach was not ringing him up to deliver good news. After answering the phone early Sunday morning, Lebo listened as Williams told him that Dean Smith, the Tar Heels’ Hall of Fame basketball coach, had died on Saturday night at age 83.
What Dean Smith Meant to Me
I never actually met Dean Smith. A miscommunicated word likely kept me from being a basketball manager and thus part of the UNC basketball family. But I felt like I knew Dean Smith, as did Tar Heel fans everywhere. And I did have two memorable times of interacting with him that helped define his greatness beyond the basketball court. Here is the story of what Dean Smith meant to me.
Obama: Dean Smith always did it with grace and dignity
Speaking with David Glenn on 99.9 The Fan ESPN Radio Monday, President Barack Obama said that Dean Smith was one of the greatest coaches of all time because of the way he handled himself, not just because of his record. "Dean Smith will go down as one of the greatest coaches in sports history precisely because he did it the right way," Obama said.
Goodbye, Coach Smith
Opening the door, I spotted the man. The man I had seen on sidelines every Wednesday night and Saturday afternoon. The man who had finally won the big one when I was 12. The man whose picture stared at me every morning as I grew up, his stern face pictured on a North Carolina basketball poster. Dean Smith. Walking toward me.