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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.
Q&A: Roy Williams On Dean Smith
In July 2011, Tar Heel Monthly published a special Dean Smith commemorative edition. This interview was conducted exclusively for that issue. Roy Williams: "I still remember the story about the first time Coach (Smith) saw Walter Davis. Coach drove up in a Carolina blue Cadillac, and Walter mentioned how much that impressed him. To this day, I get a luxury rental car when I’m recruiting whenever it’s possible."
ESPN’s First Take to broadcast live from UNC
ESPN’s First Take will broadcast live from the FPG Student Union at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Tuesday, a day ahead of the Carolina at Duke men’s basketball game. Hosts Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith, and Cari Champion will be there, along with Rameses, the Carolina cheerleaders, the pep band and special guests.
Dean Smith's success built on extra pass, fast break
The extra pass. That was the key to everything. The offense depended on it. Carolina basketball wasn’t about the individual but the team. The whole was greater than its parts. That was what Dean Smith learned at Kansas, not at the feet of Phog Allen, his basketball coach, but in the classrooms of his mathematics professors.
Bill Walton: Michael Jordan was 'basically average'
Bill Walton has been known to have an eccentric thought or two, but his latest comments about Michael Jordan reach another level of ridiculous. Walton said Michael Jordan, who is almost unanimously regarded as the best basketball player of all-time, wasn't even a top-three player. Then, perhaps just as ludicrous, Walton suggested Jordan was "basically average" in regards to his "size, strength, speed and jumping ability."
Reflections from Dean Smith's last team
North Carolina started off Dean Smith's final season as head coach making a dubious kind of history. During the 1996-97 season, the Tar Heels began ACC play 0-3 for the first time ever. And the young squad that featured sophomores Vince Carter and Antawn Jamison were headed to a fourth loss, trailing NC State by nine points with 2:34 left in the game.
Isaiah Hicks thrives in starting role
Could Isaiah Hicks become the missing piece for a North Carolina team that stands at 18-6 overall and 8-3 in the ACC? The Tar Heels beat the teams they should but struggle against more talented and tougher teams. The answer could come soon.
Steve Hale remembers Dean Smith
All those wins. The 11 Final Four appearances and two national titles. The mastermind behind the revolutionary "four-corner" offense. North Carolina's Dean Smith is a legend in college basketball. But he was so much more to his players at Chapel Hill, says Dr. Steve Hale, a former Tar Heel under Smith in the 1980s.
Mike Krzyzewski wears lighter shade of blue in honor of Dean Smith (photo)
Also in Chapel Hill for the private service were former Georgetown head coach John Thompson and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Krzyzewski paid tribute to Smith by wearing a “Carolina blue” shirt and tie.
Dean Smith's essence lives in all aspects of Tar Heel life, and will always
On the morning Dean Smith's death was announced, the sun rose and illuminated a rare, unseasonably warm mid-February day filled with cloudless blue skies. Some would call them Carolina blue skies. But in the days since, it's been dark and dreary and rainy.
Rested, Fresh Tar Heels Head To ‘Oakland Zoo’ To Tame Panthers
The No. 12 North Carolina men’s basketball team, 18-6 overall and 8-3 in conference, will play its first ACC game in Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon when it takes on the Pitt Panthers, who come in with a 16-9 mark on the season and 5-5 ledger in the league. The ‘Oakland Zoo’, as they call the boisterous student section at the Peterson Events Center, will be ready.
Remembering Dean Smith’s first game, and a lifetime of excellence
It was Dec. 2, 1961. North Carolina’s Tar Heels had just won their home opener, defeating Virginia 80-46. The Tar Heels’ new coach, Dean Smith, met with his team in the locker room, then he came out, looked around at a handful of us who had come looking for a quote or two for our stories and asked Bob Quincy, the sports information director, “What do I do now?”
High Point Coach Scott Cherry: "Maybe Coach Smith was with me tonight"
High Point University men’s basketball coach Scott Cherry thought his coach and mentor, Dean Smith, was looking down on him Wednesday night. Having rallied from 16 down early in the second half and 10 down in the last 3:20, the Panthers overcame a tough situation in the last 10 seconds and pulled out an improbable 73-72 victory over Winthrop at the Millis Center.