View Full Version : Iconic Coach Dean Smith Dead At 83

The Poet
02-08-2015, 11:11 AM
He was not only a legendary coach, but a true gentleman, educator, and humanitarian. We shall never see his like again.

Rest in peace, Coach. You will be missed.

02-08-2015, 11:30 AM
R.I.P. Coach Smith

02-08-2015, 11:31 AM
May He Rest In Peace.

The Poet
02-08-2015, 01:00 PM
A select few early reactions.


The Poet
02-08-2015, 02:47 PM
Some stories from two of my contemporaries here, whom I watched play in the old semi-retired Carmichael Auditorium.


02-08-2015, 08:34 PM
37 seasons, couple National Championships, and al the other wonderful "human" qualities Thomas mentioned....R.I.P., Coach.

The Poet
02-08-2015, 10:56 PM
37 seasons, couple National Championships, and all the other wonderful "human" qualities Thomas mentioned....R.I.P., Coach.

More testimonials.


02-09-2015, 03:34 AM
R.I.P., Coach Smith.

02-09-2015, 05:09 AM
A true great man all around. RIP Coach.

02-09-2015, 05:45 AM
A truly legendary basketball coach but an even better man!

02-09-2015, 06:58 AM
Being a high school basketball coach, and die hard college basketball fan (Kentucky Wildcats), Dean Smith was what college basketball is all about. Reading stories from former players who all say he wasn't just a coach, but a father figure. The game of basketball lost one of it's best.

The Poet
02-09-2015, 03:14 PM
Every March we see the clip of Michael Jordan hitting that corner jumper to "win" Dean Smith his first NCAA Championship in 1982, after 6 fruitless trips to the Final Four. Some remember that it was not him but James Worthy who was the MVP of the game, nor remember that, after the famous bad pass to him by Fred Brown, Worthy did not go in for an uncontested dunk to ice the game, but rather tried to dribble out the clock. He was fouled, then missed both free throws to give Georgetown one last shot at winning the contest. And how many remember that, early in the game, Carolina's best offensive option was putting up a soft jumper and letting the over-hyped Patrick Ewing goaltend it. :r

You know what I remember, aside from all of that? I remember all the talk that Coach could never win a championship due to his vaunted system. In fact, not only did I read this in the magazines and papers (remember those?), I heard it in conversations during my commute home the evening before the game, jammed into a PATH train with a herd of Big East fans. I remember the post-game interview with Coach Smith, when he repeatedly deflected the question about any relief he might feel of finally "getting the monkey off his back", with Coach softly yet firmly avowing he was always proud of all his teams, win or lose. At last, giving up on this fruitless line on inquiry, the interviewer (Jim Nance? That I DON'T remember) said he would let Coach go get his net cut from the hoop behind his shoulder. Coach Smith gave a slight shy smile, then held up a modest 3-inch piece of twine, and replied "I have my net already."

That was Dean Smith, to a T.


Col. Kurtz
02-09-2015, 03:48 PM
RIP Coach Smith.

The Poet
02-09-2015, 04:14 PM
From the Dean Smith Center, thanks to the Charlotte Observer.


The Poet
02-09-2015, 08:56 PM
More, from Barry, Gutt, amd Big Game James.


02-09-2015, 10:13 PM
Never had the pleasure of meeting the man, but after all the stories I've heard both online and from Phil Ford personally(he's a good friend), it gave me a great respect for the man. Phil always talked about him like he was his own father and hearing all the other former players coming out and saying the same, it just deepened that respect. We didn't just lose a great coach yesterday, we lost a great human being. RIP Coach Smith

The Poet
02-09-2015, 10:46 PM
The tributes keep rolling in.


The Poet
02-10-2015, 12:06 PM
Much of this is of interest only to those who care about college hoops before March, but the first "7 minutes" are relevant.