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Bill Guthridge: 'Perfect sidekick to Coach Smith'

The man who never needed the spotlight died Tuesday night in Chapel Hill. Bill Guthridge was an assistant coach at North Carolina under Dean Smith for 30 years and the Tar Heels’ head coach for three. He died in his home at the age of 77 Tuesday night, just months after Smith’s funeral. “He was a perfect sidekick for Coach Smith,” UNC coach Roy Williams said.

Harrison Barnes discovers new and painful flexibility following Courtney Lee crossover

Harrison Barnes is going to be feeling a lot of groin pain following a failed attempt defense on Courtney Lee in Game 5 of the second-round series between the Grizzlies and Warriors. As Barnes went to recover from Lee's crossover, his feet started to separate, and separate some more. The final result was not pretty.

Tar Heel fans lose a comforting presence in Bill Guthridge

It's hard to remember Bill Guthridge doing anything other than sitting on the North Carolina bench, watching what was playing out before him with a Zen-like calm. He wasn't worried. So if you were a Tar Heels basketball fan watching at home, you shouldn't be either. On Tuesday night, Guthridge died at the age of 77, leaving North Carolina basketball without a comforting constant.

What they’re saying about the late Bill Guthridge

The late Dean Smith may have been the face of North Carolina basketball from 1961-97. But for the final three decades of that unprecedented run of success, Bill Guthridge was right there by Smith’s side doing his part to help the Tar Heels win more than 800 games, 13 ACC tournament titles and two national titles.

Video: Bill Guthridge's legacy at Chapel Hill reporter C.L. Brown discusses how Bill Guthridge will be remembered, as well as his friendship and working relationship with Dean Smith.

Guthridge was more than loyal to Dean Smith

Roy Williams called Bill Guthridge the “perfect sidekick” for Dean Smith. “The book on loyalty and friendship was written by Coach Guthridge,” Phil Ford said. That’s unavoidably how Guthridge, the former North Carolina basketball coach who died Tuesday night at age 77 after a lengthy illness, will be remembered: for his loyalty, his decency, his quirky sense of humor and the fierce competitive spirit it often hid.

Tar Heels would run "through a brick wall" for Guthridge

Bill Guthridge was Dean Smith's right-hand man, a loyal assistant who had opportunities to go and run his own program but remained in Chapel Hill and helped Smith build a dynasty during their 30 years together. When Smith stepped down after the 1997 season, Guthridge took over and the program didn't suffer during his three years in charge.

Video: Roy Williams, Phil Ford on Bill Guthridge's passing

Roy Williams and Phil Ford address the media and give their thoughts on the recent passing of former North Carolina head basketball coach Bill Guthridge.

Tar Heels To Face Maryland In Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The University of North Carolina men’s basketball team will play the University of Maryland next year for the 180th time, but the first time since the Terrapins joined the Big Ten Conference, when the teams meet in the Smith Center in the 17th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The December 1st meeting is the only top-five matchup in the 2015 Challenge, according to ESPN’s preseason rankings that have UNC No. 2 and Maryland No. 4.

Kansas State Mourns the Passing of Bill Guthridge

Former Kansas State basketball player and assistant coach Bill Guthridge passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 77 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A consensus National Coach of the Year in 1998 as head coach at North Carolina, Guthridge played three seasons for Naismith and College Basketball Hall of Fame head coach Fred "Tex" Winter from 1957-60.

Tar Heel Nation says farewell to Bill Guthridge

Former North Carolina coach and longtime assistant Bill Guthridge died Tuesday night. He was 77. Guthridge went 80-28 as the Tar Heels head coach, including two Final Four teams (1998, 2000) and produced several NBA lottery picks.

Maryland-UNC headlines schedule for 2015 Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The Terrapins will go to North Carolina on Dec. 1, pitting two teams that will be at or very near the top of the preseason national rankings this season. Maryland, which announced the addition of ex-Blue Devil Rasheed Sulaimon this week to a roster already stuffed with returnees and top recruits, figures to be the early favorite in the Big Ten, while UNC, with virtually its entire roster back, should be the ACC front-runner.

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski on the Passing of Bill Guthridge

"It has been a trying time for the University of North Carolina basketball program over the past four months and our thoughts and prayers are with them again today after the passing of Bill Guthridge. Though he was a head coach for a short time, he gracefully carried on a culture and legacy that many thought could not be perpetuated. We offer our deepest sympathies to Bill’s family, friends and the entire North Carolina basketball community."

Longtime UNC coach Bill Guthridge will be remembered for loyalty, decency

As always, Bill Guthridge has followed Dean Smith. Guthridge, the beloved former assistant coach to Smith for 30 years at North Carolina, died Tuesday night. He was 77. Rarely has one man ever been more loyal to another than Guthridge was to Smith. He was Smith's closest friend and right-hand man for three decades on the UNC bench, turning down multiple chances to go run his own program elsewhere.

Lucas: The Quiet Competitor

Bill Guthridge was consistently portrayed as a quiet gentleman. The picture most Tar Heel fans will have of him is sitting slightly behind Dean Smith, perhaps leaning over to make a point to the head coach. Only in Chapel Hill would a two-time Final Four coach, an ACC champion, and a consensus National Coach of the Year award winner be best known as an assistant. That image of Guthridge is accurate…but not complete.

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