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Dean Smith Memorial
7:30 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Coach Smith Celebrated At Dean Dome

Thousands gathered at the Dean Dome on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus Sunday to remember the late Coach Dean Smith.
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Thousands of people celebrated the life of legendary basketball coach Dean Smith yesterday. His family, former players and longtime friends paid tribute to the man, coach and leader at a memorial service in Chapel Hill. Smith passed away earlier this month following a long neurological illness. He was 83.

Inside a building that bears his name and beneath dozens of banners he helped to raise, Dean Smith was memorialized on Sunday.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

'The Blue Divide:' Duke and North Carolina Meet Again

Duke fan Johnny Moore and Tar Heel fan Art Chanksy teamed up to chronicle the biggest rivalry in college hoops.

The men's basketball teams from UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University battle each other tonight for the 239th time.

The storied rivalry is notorious for dividing friends, family and coworkers over which shade of blue is best.

But in a rare collaboration, Tar Heel sportswriter Art Chansky and Blue Devil sports marketer Johnny Moore chronicled the history of the rivalry in the book, The Blue Divide (Triumph Books/2014). 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Chansky and Moore about the Tobacco Road rivalry that many call the greatest in sports.  

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Sports
3:28 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Carolina And Duke Honor Dean Smith Tonight

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North Carolina and Duke continue their storied rivalry in men's basketball tonight.

But tonight's match-up in Durham comes 11 days after the passing of legendary UNC coach Dean Smith.  Many Duke fans are expected to wear dark blue t-shirts with the name "Dean" in the place of "Duke."

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Sports
3:13 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

[From The UNC-TV Archives] Dean Smith 1994 Interview

Dean Smith during his conversation with William Friday.
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William Friday talks with UNC Chapel Hill Head Basketball Coach Dean Smith in this 1994 UNC-TV interview.

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Dean Smith’s Pastor: ‘Dean Is An Emblem Of What Athletics Ought To Be’

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North Carolina coaching legend Dean Smith died this weekend. As a coach for the Tar Heels men's basketball team, he won two national championships, his trademark "Four Corners" offense frustrated opponents, and his 879 wins were the most in Division I basketball history when he retired.

But his friends, his family and his players often point to what he did off the court as a sign of who Dean Smith was.

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Sports
8:31 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Tribute To Coach Smith Outside Of UNC's Dean Dome

Dean Smith passed away Saturday night in Chapel Hill. By Sunday afternoon a memorial had been created outside of the Dean E. Smith Center.
Jeff Tiberii

College basketball fans, alumni and students are remembering the iconic Dean Smith as an innovative coach and a man of integrity. People brought flowers, balloons and wrote messages in chalk outside the building that bares his name in Chapel Hill. Jeff Tiberii spoke with a few of those Carolina followers who paid tribute on Sunday.  

Leon Keys, Ginny Moses and Tom Gahagan were among the dozens of people paid tribute to Dean Smith on campus yesterday. Smith died Saturday night. He was 83.

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Sports
10:27 am
Sun February 8, 2015

Dean Smith, Legendary Coach, Dies At 83

Dean Smith passed away Saturday evening. He was 83.
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Dean Smith, the legendary men's college basketball coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has passed away. He was 83 years old.

"Coach Smith passed away peacefully the evening of February 7 at his home in Chapel Hill, and surrounded by his wife and five children," his family said in a statement. "We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, and appreciate the continued respect for our privacy as arrangements are made available to the public."

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Sports
10:05 am
Sun February 8, 2015

Remembering Dean Smith

Dean Smith retired in 1997 with 879 wins. He passed away on Saturday.
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Induction into a sports Hall of Fame is a reflective moment for any athlete or coach. Nine Tar Heel players or coaches are in the Basketball Hall of Fame, and eight of them either had some connection to Dean Smith or were Dean Smith. And none missed the opportunity to thank him during their acceptance speeches:

Michael Jordan: “Coach Smith… what else can I say about him? He’s legendary in the game of coaching.”

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College Basketball
8:47 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Coach K Racks Up Thousandth Career Win

Duke Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski racked up his 1000th career victory yesterday.
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Duke Men's Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski now has one thousand career victories.

The Blue Devils defeated St. John's yesterday in New York City, 77-68.  Fans have been on the edge of their seats leading up to this thousandth win. (Twitter exploded with the news, with photos and videos being shared under the hashtag #Coach1K

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Sports
10:57 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Coach K On Precipice Of Historic Win [Photos From Duke Archives]

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This weekend, Duke's legendary basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, or Coach K, might net his 1,000th career win, and there is a lot of buzz.

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