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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.

Dean Smith elevated the game while taking us along for the long ride (videos)

Dean Smith gave us our greatest gift. He taught us how to play basketball. Smith, the legendary coach at the University of North Carolina, died Saturday night in Chapel Hill. There are few people in our state’s history who did more for us. He taught us values about life and even in his final years showed dignity as death seemed to wait for him, not the other way around.

Dean Smith, Al McGuire and Charlotte’s Providence Road

Allie McGuire met a lot of great coaches during his summers in North Carolina when his dad would run a camp and bring in guests to speak or work. Among the coaches young Allie met were Lefty Driesell, then at Davidson, Frank McGuire, who coached his father at St. John’s and led North Carolina to the 1957 NCAA championship, and of course, Smith, who took over the North Carolina program when Frank McGuire left in 1961.

ESPN Classic to honor Dean Smith with more than 24-hour tribute

ESPN Classic will air more than 24 hours of programming to honor legendary North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith starting on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. Smith passed away on Saturday night at the age of 83. ESPN Classic will air a special called "Remembering Dean Smith" to start the tribute. The special will be followed by classic games coached by Smith.

Video: Dean Smith, A Coach's Life

UNC TV re-airs a D.G. Martin interview with basketball coaching legend Dean Smith about his book A Coach's Life.

Student vigil honored Dean Smith’s social justice efforts

Students gathered around a makeshift memorial outside of the Dean E. Smith Center Tuesday night. The wind blew through the North Carolina and UNC flags, which were lowered to half-staff in honor of the man after whom the building was named. In the wake of Smith’s death Saturday night, student groups dedicated to diversity planned the event in an attempt to continue the dialogue of Smith’s contributions to civil rights and humanitarian efforts across the state and country.

Dean Smith’s coaching legacy lives on

Coach Dean Smith’s 879 wins, two national championships, 13 ACC tournament championships and 17 ACC regular-season championships will always serve as proof of his impact on the North Carolina men’s basketball program. But unlike the banners hanging in the Smith Center rafters, the influence Smith had on his players throughout his coaching career — while not visible — might have been just as great.

Fan Memories Of Dean Smith: Wednesday

Coach Smith and I never met, but I gave him a smile and he returned it with a wink. Of all my wonderful experiences at North Carolina, the moment that Coach Smith walked into the Dean Dome and sat with us, the students, is and will always be my favorite.

Dean Smith impacted hoops, people

Once, during a coaches meeting, Dean Smith made Lefty Driesell so angry the old Maryland coach wrote Smith a letter telling him he'd never shake his hand again. True to his word, the next time Maryland and UNC played, Driesell turned away the man he liked to call "a hook-nosed, little sucker." Yet years later, when Driesell's son, Chuck, came to him for advice about coaching, Driesell had just one tip. "I told him, 'Don't model yourself after me; model yourself after Dean,'"

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