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The Legacy Of Dean Smith Is Not Tainted By The UNC Scandal
Not only was Dean Smith not involved in UNC’s academic scandal, he was clearly a lifelong champion of academics and one of the greatest examples ever of what college athletics are supposed to be about.
Video: Roy Williams, Marcus Paige Post-Pittsburgh Press Conference
North Carolina coach Roy Williams and junior Marcus Paige spoke to the media following the Tar Heels' tough game at Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Pitt shows no love for No. 12 Heels in 89-76 rout
Here came North Carolina on Valentine’s Day, among the best rebounding teams in the ACC, the very best in the league on the offensive end where second-chance points are generated. The Tar Heels brought that fact and their No. 12 ranking to the Petersen Events Center on Saturday. Pitt melted whatever sweet ideas UNC had, because the Panthers roasted hot shots during an 89-76 victory.
Woody Durham, longtime UNC announcer, will be emcee for public memorial to Dean Smith
Woody Durham, the former voice of the North Carolina Tar Heels who broadcast most of Dean Smith’s career, says he'll feel a little pressure as the master of ceremonies for the public memorial for Smith on Feb. 22. Durham, 73, retired in July, 2011 after 40 years as the voice of the Tar Heels. He said he expects a near full house at the Dean Smith Center to honor Smith, who died on Feb. 7 at the age of 83.
Pittsburgh students honor Dean Smith with touching banner
When Pittsburgh's PA announcer called for a moment of silence in honor of the legendary Tar Heels coach, students in the front row of the Oakland Zoo unveiled a banner with one of Smith's most iconic quotes scrawled across it in Carolina blue ink. It read, “You should never be proud of doing what’s right. You should just do what’s right.”
Tar Heels Buried Under
All around Roy Williams was hail, raining down from atop the Petersen Events Center and piling in Pittsburgh's basket. He was powerless to stop it. His team was not. It could have guarded better, Williams said. It could have done more to prod and nudge and disrupt Pittsburgh, which by Saturday afternoon's end had bludgeoned No. 12 North Carolina, 89-76. And yet the hail kept coming.
Tar Heels Seeking A Spark
J.P. Tokoto sat down in the visitor's locker room at the Petersen Events Center and prepared for the questions. He had, for the second-straight week, watched No. 12 North Carolina's starters take the floor without him. He had, Saturday in UNC's lopsided 89-76 loss to unranked Pittsburgh, scored four points in 24 minutes. And now he had, for another week, faced a question about his role.
Lucas: Go Where He Goes
During the basketball season, Roy Williams doesn’t play golf. During the basketball season, Roy Williams doesn’t go to the beach. During the basketball season, Roy Williams doesn’t do much of anything other than see his immediate family, go recruiting, and coach the Tar Heels.
Big House Gaines, Dean Smith admired each other
I couldn’t help but think about Big House Gaines on Sunday — in between writing assignments as we chased plenty of stories on the life and times of Dean Smith, the legendary former North Carolina coach. Smith and Gaines — the legendary former Winston-Salem State basketball coach — knew each other very well. Both were firm believers in loyalty to players long after they had left college.
Phil Ford, Dean Smith remain linked in Carolina history
Phil Ford was always close with his coaches growing up. So it only made sense that Ford, as a high school senior in Rocky Mount, wanted a similar bond with his college coach. “It’s not only basketball then,” Ford said. “You’re looking at someone who would share their whole life with you.”
UNC-Pitt: Roy Williams Postgame Quotes
Roy Williams: "Everybody gets to beat up college athletics a little bit about money and all of that kind of stuff, but that was a pretty neat thing, what those kids did out there. They gave me a card that was signed by a bunch of kids sharing their condolences over the loss of Coach Smith. They also gave me the banner that they held up before the game."
Mike O'Koren on Dean Smith: 'remarkable person'
In four years playing for the late, great Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina, Mike O'Koren scored 1,785 points, won 94 games and rebelled one time. On that occasion, O'Koren complained to the media about the excruciating pace of Smith's famous "four corners" spread offense. At the next practice, Smith gave him a 10-pound vest and orders to run the bleachers for the duration of the workout.
Video: UNC-Pitt Game Highlights
View complete game highlights from North Carolina's 89-76 ACC road loss to Pitt on Saturday.
Recap & Analysis: Pittsburgh 89 UNC 76
At this stage, it's next to impossible to get a grasp where this team is at in terms of identity and mentally. While the second half versus Louisville may seem like an arbitrary point, it certainly feels like losing that game after having an 18 point lead sent this team into a bit of a tailspin. Ultimately, UNC had a bad day while Pitt had its best of the season.
Dave Popson fondly remembers Dean Smith
The University of North Carolina basketball team had just won the national championship. It was legendary coach Dean Smith’s first NCAA championship, and the following morning he was working the phones contacting recruits from across the country. One of those phone calls was to 6-foot-10 high school All-American to be, Dave Popson from Bishop O’Reilly.