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  1. USBWA, North Carolina announce creation of Dean Smith Award

    Jun 24, 2015, 5:20 PM EDT

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    Smith’s impact wasn’t limited to just what happened on the court during his time as North Carolina head coach.

  2. North Carolina honors Dean Smith by running Four Corners offense (and scoring) on first possession (VIDEO)

    Feb 21, 2015, 12:35 PM EDT

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    North Carolina honored Dean Smith by running the Four Corners offense to open its game against Georgia Tech.

  3. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski wears lighter shade of blue in honor of Dean Smith (PHOTO)

    Feb 12, 2015, 9:52 PM EDT

    Mike Krzyzewski dons a lighter shade of blue (AP Photo)

    A public memorial to honor the life of Dean Smith will be held February 22 at the Smith Center on the UNC campus.

  4. List of head coaches on Dean Smith’s coaching tree is an impressive one

    Feb 8, 2015, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Two Naismith hall of famers, Larry Brown and Roy Williams, are among the many who have used the lessons learned from Smith to become successful head coaches.

  5. The Top Ten Players at North Carolina under Dean Smith

    Feb 8, 2015, 12:45 PM EDT

    Dean Smith, Michael Jordan (AP Photo)

    Dean Smith produced 26 All-Americans and sent 25 players to the first round of the NBA Draft.

  6. Reaction to passing of ex-North Carolina coach Dean Smith

    Feb 8, 2015, 10:30 AM EDT

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    The passing of North Carolina head coach Dean Smith elicited reactions from all over.

  7. Legendary former North Carolina coach Dean Smith dies at age 83

    Feb 8, 2015, 9:20 AM EDT

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    One of the giants of college basketball passed away Saturday evening.

  8. Throwback Thursday: Vince Carter highlights at North Carolina (VIDEO)

    Sep 18, 2014, 9:10 AM EDT

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    Vince Carter highlight reels are still the best.

  9. Assigned Reading: Memories of Dean Smith should continue to last

    Mar 2, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT

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    Dean Smith, the legendary North Carolina basketball coach, who amassed 879 wins, won two national titles and reached the Final Four 11 times, celebrated his 83rd birthday on Feb. 28. Though for years now the Hall of Fame coach has endured an ongoing struggle with dementia. John Feinstein of the Washington Post published a story on Saturday,…

  10. Items from Michael Jordan’s career at North Carolina sold at auction

    Feb 8, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats ownerJordan watches as his team plays against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    Three items of Michael Jordan memorabilia from his days at the University of North Carolina sold for auction on Saturday morning through Goldin Auctions. The three pieces from Jordan’s days in Chapel Hill include two recruiting letters — one from Bill Guthridge and one from Dean Smith — and a diploma. The diploma sold for…

  11. Dean Smith’s recruiting letter to Michael Jordan up for auction

    Jan 10, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

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    Auctions tend to turn up some interesting items for people to buy, ranging from your standard items to those that are extremely valuable. So where would a recruiting letter that former North Carolina head coach Dean Smith sent to a young Michael Jordan fall? According to Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the letter’s up for auction after…

  12. Dean Smith gave Coach K an Olympic-sized leg up in ’05

    Aug 13, 2012, 9:25 AM EDT

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    The Tobacco Road rivalry is the biggest in college basketball. Bar none, end of discussion. As much as we like to believe that the games played between North Carolina and Duke supersede all bonds of family and national pride, it turns out that two of the men at the heart of the game’s most vituperative…

  13. Dean Smith's family trying to 'move forward'

    Jul 19, 2010, 3:22 AM EDT

    Dean Smith’s family confirmed Saturday what’s been a well-known secret in college hoops circles – the legendary coach’s memory is failing. Gerry Broome/AP They sent a letter to former players and coaches, parts of which made it into stories in various media outlets. This is from the Raleigh News & Observer: “…Our dad has a…

  14. Give that Dean Smith book one more shot

    Jul 14, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT

    As news about Dean Smith’s memory issues emerged last week, there was essentially one response from readers and writers: sadness. Few coaches are more respected than the North Carolina icon, perhaps because he was as concerned about how his players developed as people as much as their basketball development. That’s the kind of person we…

  15. Dean Smith's memory fading, report says

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    If there’s a depressing story for college hoops fans this week, it’s this report from the Fayetteville Observer: Dean Smith is suffering from memory loss. The legendary North Carolina coach, 79, helped the school celebrate its 100th year of hoops earlier this year, but the celebration among the Carolina family was a bit muted because…