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Video: Roy Williams Remembers Coach Dean Smith
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams shares his thoughts and memories of Coach Dean Smith, who passed away Saturday at the age of 83.
Dean Smith Tributes
Former Tar Heel head coach Dean Smith died on Saturday February 7, 2015, at age 83. Here's a sampling of the widespread reaction online.
Carolina Icon Dean Smith Dies At 83
Dean Smith, the legendary coach of UNC Men’s Basketball team, has passed away at age 83. Smith led the Tar Heels for more than three decades, retiring in 1997 with 879 victories to his name – the most in college basketball history at the time. He led the Heels to national titles in 1982 and 1993, and eleven appearances in the Final Four.
Sports world and beyond remember Dean Smith
From former players and coaches to rivals and even politicians, people took to social media Sunday to remember the legendary Dean Smith after his passing Saturday night. Michael Jordan led the way Sunday with a statement on the passing of Dean Smith. President Barak Obama called Dean Smith a "gentleman and a citizen."
Legendary UNC basketball coach Dean Smith pases away
The son of Baptist schoolteachers, raised in the railroading town of Emporia, Kansas, Dean Smith played positions -- quarterback, point guard, catcher -- in high school that foreshadowed the career he would choose. In much the same way his major at Kansas, mathematics, prefigured the analytical approach he brought to North Carolina, which named him at 30 to succeed his boss, Frank McGuire.
Dean Smith, legendary former North Carolina coach, dies at 83
Born in Kansas, Dean Smith’s lineage traced a direct line from from the game’s inventor, James Naismith, through Phog Allen in his career at the University of Kansas as a player, where he played on a national title team, and assistant. At Carolina, his “Four Corners” offense led to the creation of the shot clock to counter it.
Dean Smith, Longtime UNC Basketball Coach, Dies at 83
In emphasizing team play, Dean Smith encouraged a shooter who made a basket to point to the teammate who got the assist. He popularized the Four Corners, a spread offense in which the point guard does most of the ball-handling, with the other players remaining for a time at the edges of the frontcourt. “My basketball philosophy boils down to six words,” Smith said. “Play hard; play together; play smart.”
Four Corners and the Magic of Carmichael
Three videos which capture some of what I remember about Dean Smith on the court. The first of Phil Ford running his Four Corners offense. Those raised four fingers are only second to "pointing to the passer" in Tar Heel hand signal lore. Next is the retelling of the "8 points in 17 seconds" rally against Duke in 1974. This has all the elements of a furious late game UNC rally.
Video: Dean Smith's Legacy
Of greater impact than than his 879 career wins was longtime UNC head coach Dean Smith's legacy off of the court. Smith recruited the first African American to play in the ACC, and spent his life and career helping groom boys into men. Dean Smith's graduation rate was over 96 percent - always instilling the importance of putting the student in "student athlete."
Michael Jordan: Dean Smith was 'mentor, teacher, 2nd father'
Michael Jordan called North Carolina coaching great Dean Smith the most influential person in his life other than his parents. Smith died Saturday night at 83. In a statement on Twitter, Jordan said Smith was ''more than a coach - he was a mentor, my teacher, my second father.'' The former NBA superstar and Charlotte Hornets owner said Smith taught him not only about the game of basketball, but about ''the game of life.''
Dean Smith Photos
Former Tar Heel head coach Dean Smith passed away at age 83 on Saturday February 7, 2015. Here's a photo gallery of classic images of the iconic Carolina coach.
Dean Smith might've really been a better man than coach
Yes, Dean Smith was a basketball coach. But he wasn't just a basketball coach. He was a man who touched the life of the greatest player to ever live...and also millions of other lives in countless and crucial ways. So was Dean Smith an even better man than he was a coach? Honestly, that's hard to say, if only because he was a damn fine coach. But he was a damn fine man, too. An amazing man, actually.
Statements From Cunningham, Baddour, Guthridge On The Passing Of Dean Smith
Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham statement on the passing of Dean Smith: “Dean Smith was a legendary Hall of Fame coach who will long be remembered as an innovator in the game of basketball and a pioneer for social justice. His legacy will always be a part of the University of North Carolina and will continue to inspire students for generations to come.”
Video: Dean Smith's Legacy Lies In Innovation, Social Justice
Journalist and author Bill Nack explores the legacy of Dean Smith, who was known as the best teacher in basketball and a strong advocate for social justice.
Larry Fedora On Passing Of Dean Smtih
UNC head football coach Larry Fedora: "My deepest condolences and prayers are with the Smith family at this time. Coach Smith was a Tar Heel legend and his impact on UNC athletics, and the Chapel Hill community can not be understated. He was someone I always admired. Every coach – regardless of the sport - learned lessons from the way he ran his program and, most importantly, treated his players and staff."