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Goodbye, Coach Smith

Opening the door, I spotted the man. The man I had seen on sidelines every Wednesday night and Saturday afternoon. The man who had finally won the big one when I was 12. The man whose picture stared at me every morning as I grew up, his stern face pictured on a North Carolina basketball poster. Dean Smith. Walking toward me.

People scalped issues of the free UNC student newspaper commemorating Dean Smith

On Monday the UNC’s campus newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, ran an issue with a cover story commemorating legendary basketball coach Dean Smith, who passed away this past weekend. The Daily Tar Heel usually circulates 15,000 papers, but Sunday night decided to print an additional thousand copies of the free paper. “Then we got up this morning and by 10 a.m. people were scalping them in the street.”

Art’s Angle: The Human Side

Dean Smith believed in racial equality, fought for the nuclear freeze and against the death penalty. But most of the time he respected dissenting opinions. When a former player, Richard Vinroot, ran for Governor as a Republican, Coach Smith the liberal Democrat supported Vinroot as a smart, honest and caring person if not necessarily his candidate of choice.

Monday Roy Williams Quotes

Roy Williams: "[Dean Smith] was very calm. He always wanted to be prepared. He felt like being prepared allowed you to be confident and calm and to make plays. The timeout before Michael’s shot (against Georgetown) was one of the most amazing moments of coaching that I had ever witnessed, and still to this day, that I’ve ever witnessed. He was so confident in the timeout, so assuring to our team."

Everything I ever needed to know, I learned from Dean Smith

I have a 14-year-old daughter. That means for the last two-plus years, the phrase “not fair” has been heard in our house. Nothing is fair. Nothing is just. People are awful, and the disparity in their treatment usually goes against my daughter. It’s all just so unfair. Finally, one day, I sat my daughter down and told her a story about Dean Smith.

Dean Smith: Life Of A Legend (video)

Former University of North Carolina head men's basketball coach Dean Smith died Saturday night in Chapel Hill, according to the UNC-Chapel Hill Athletics Department. The university reports Smith "passed away peacefully" in his Chapel Hill home Saturday surrounded by his wife and five children.

Dean Smith and Golf

Legendary UNC basketball coach Dean Smith took his competitive fire to the golf course as well, molding Roy Williams into the man on – and off the course – he is today. At a news conference on Sunday, Williams spoke about Coach Smith’s approach to golf, which included strict guidelines for gimmes and mulligans. Coach Smith’s style of golf lives on in Williams’ rounds on the links today, as do the memories.

Fan Memories Of Dean Smith: Monday

Yesterday, we asked for your favorite memories of Dean Smith, and hundreds of you responded. We'll be publishing some of the best each day this week, and there's still time to send us yours. "What I later thought and still do to this day is Coach Smith knew the name of every camper who attended. That is Coach Smith."

Dean Smith remembered on North Carolina front pages

I spent much of yesterday reading about Dean Smith. He was a great man, and, as someone else said, he also coached a little basketball. We all mourn him. Now, let’s put that aside and talk about news judgment. Newspapers faced a problem. Smith’s passing was announced Sunday morning.

Students pay tribute to Dean Smith

The last time Dean Smith led a Tar Heel basketball team onto the court, most current students weren’t old enough for elementary school. But that hasn’t made them any less familiar with the legend of the late coach, who passed away Saturday evening. Smith’s effect on UNC students was obvious Sunday night as several hundred gathered outside the entrance of the Smith Center for a candlelight vigil.

Time Stands Still

Once again, time stands still. Back in October of 1997 we wrestled with the reality that a coaching career had ended. Today, we struggle with the news that a life is over. On a day with skies the color of argyle uniforms, Carolina blue is just a little bluer. Indeed, there’s new meaning to Blue Heaven. For all the tributes and memorializing that will come, I’m not sure Coach Smith would be comfortable.

Dean Smith: 1931-2015

Before discussing his career as one of the three greatest coaches in the history of college basketball, we must deal with one aspect of Dean Smith’s life that trumps all the championships, all the wins, and all the great players who came his way. The fact is that, when this country was finally forced through blood and witness to confront the great moral crisis that grew out of its original sin, Smith was a winter soldier of the first rank.

Learning from Coach Smith

It’s Dean Smith's successful, consistent attention to the “little things” I find astonishing. To treat every single person with respect and dignity and as if they were really important, and to do so not out of a desire to look good, but out of a sincere conviction that everyone really is important—that is an accomplishment of far greater significance than any of the records that will be printed in Smith’s obituaries.

Dean Smith’s caring touch, penchant for relationships shines through in death

As Michael Jordan often has done, Phil Ford, the college star in the 1970s who conducted UNC’s famed Four Corners offense and became the No. 2 all-time scorer in Tar Heels history, likened Dean Smith to his second father Sunday. “Not many people are willing to share everything about themselves with another person that’ll make the other person better, and he was willing to do that,” Ford said.

True greatness

Whenever somebody famous dies, writers wax poetic in obituaries about how great a person he or she was. Even in cases when the deceased wasn't actually that nice of a person. No embellishment is needed in this case, though. Dean Smith really was a great man.

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