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A Few Short Stories About The Coach
Eight years ago, I was privileged to spend nearly two hours alone with Coach Smith, interviewing him in his post-coaching cubby-hole of an office somewhere in the Smith Center. On this day, 75 then and 10 years away from the job, he was reflecting. He admitted to learning some lessons late, and repeated some opinions long held. Among those he shared:
Dean Smith represented the best of the ACC and UNC
Dean Smith did not put ACC basketball or the University of North Carolina on the map. Instead Smith, who died on Saturday night, three weeks short of his 84th birthday, defined the best of both the league and the university he proudly represented.
Video: Roy Williams Press Conference Recap - Pittsburgh
Roy Williams discusses the Tar Heels' first game after the loss of Coach Dean Smith and Desmond Hubert's career-ending injury. Nate Britt talks about Pittsburgh's tough defense.
Roy Williams Press Conference Quotes
Roy Williams: "Coach Smith’s wife Linnea had the great statement that there is a basketball season still going on. But there have been some other things going. We played at B.C on Saturday, we had the Special Olympics clinic on Sunday, Monday we had practice, Tuesday we gave them the day off, Wednesday we did run and shoot, Thursday we had practice, and we did practice today."
Jeff Wolf recalls playing for Dean Smith
"It's unfortunate news, it's something we knew was coming, but until you actually confront that he's gone — it's hard to take," said Jeff Wolf, a former Kohler High School basketball standout who played collegiately at North Carolina under Smith from 1976-1980.
There'll Never Be Another Dean Smith
Whenever someone of historical prominence dies, particularly someone of the stature of Dean Smith, who died Saturday night at the age of 83, there is an inevitable tendency to honor the deceased by proclaiming "we will not see the likes of them again." This is rarely true....But the career and influence of Dean Smith feels like an exception.
UNC's Stretch Run Underway
The final three weeks of No. 12 North Carolina’s 2014-15 regular season includes four road trips and a pair of home tilts against rivals N.C. State and Duke. The stretch run begins at Pittsburgh on Saturday. It’s only been six days since UNC outran Boston College, 79-68, yet in light of the news of Dean Smith’s passing, the length of time seems much more substantial.
UNC to celebrate life of Dean Smith at Smith Center Feb. 22
UNC will remember Coach Dean Smith and celebrate his life at a public memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, in the Dean E. Smith Center. Seating for Sunday’s celebration service will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Smith Center doors will open at 1 p.m. For those who prefer to tune in from home, the service will be carried live on GoHeels.com, ESPN3 and on UNC-Chapel Hill’s YouTube channel.
No. 12 North Carolina returns to action against Pittsburgh on Saturday following its ACC mid-week bye. Tip-off at the Petersen Events Center is set for noon and will be televised by the ACC Network. Pittsburgh enters Saturday’s contest with a 16-9 (5-6 ACC) record. The Panthers have been consistently average and have struggled to separate themselves from the pack in the ACC.
Woody Durham Named Recipient of Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award
Famed photographer Rich Clarkson and broadcaster of more than 40 years Woody Durham are the 2015 Curt Gowdy Media Award recipients. The two will be acknowledged for their contributions to basketball during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement events September 10-11 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Know Your Opponent: Pitt
Pitt enters Saturday's contest in the midst of a season-defining five-game stretch - three straight against opponents in the top 10 of the RPI bookended by a home-and-home with Syracuse. With an RPI in the mid-50s and a strength of schedule in the high-40s, the Panthers are the epitome of a bubble team looking to play its way into NCAA tournament contention.
Video: Joel James - Older & Wiser
North Carolina forward Joel James talks about "basketball sins", his improved jumper, and maturing on the court in this exclusive GoHeelsTV feature.
Humility helped set Dean Smith apart
Dean Smith had passed away at age 83. It wasn’t a shock –– the coach had been in declining health for years –– though it was jarring, nonetheless. Smith wasn’t just a lion of basketball, he was an institution for hoops lovers whose grasp extended miles beyond playing courts. Smith set standards that are rarely duplicated and in a fashion that can’t be emulated.
'Gentleman And Coach' Dean Smith Did What He Believed In
He worried sometimes that he wanted to win too much, but as I said, the man was refreshingly human. He might have given up smoking, but, says a great friend who played a lot of golf with him, "The S.O.B. never once gave me a 2-foot putt." We talk about a gentleman and a scholar. Well, Dean Smith, he was a gentleman and a coach.
Blue Devil starts 'Duke For Dean' tribute
Aaron Kirschenfeld, a 2007 Duke graduate currently working on a dual JD and Master's of Information Science at North Carolina, clearly sees both sides of the rivalry between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels. While an ardent Duke fan, who actually portrayed the mascot for a time, Kirschenfeld is like many supporters of the Blue Devils who truly admired Dean Smith.