82 Facts About Dean Smith

1. Dean Smith is very measured and laid back, whereas O'Kelly, 62, is full of energy and keen to keep the players on their toes.

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2. Dean Smith chronicled his career in a book entitled A Coach's Life, and he is the author of Basketball: Multiple Offense and Defense (1982).

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3. Dean Smith was born to schoolteachers Alfred and Vesta Edwards Smith.

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4. Dean Smith recently joined the University of Maryland as a venture investment manager with UM Ventures and the Smith School's Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship.

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5. Dean Smith spoke to Club TV after Aston Villa registered their first win of 2019, against Ipswich Town.

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6. Dean Smith joined John McGinn in singing the praises of Tammy Abraham on the final whistle and, wow, does he deserve it.

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7. Dean Smith faces the media on the busiest and perhaps most important day of his Aston Villa career so far.

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8. Dean Smith said: "We've got a Premier League player in Tammy Abraham playing up front for us.

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9. Dean Smith opposed the Vietnam War and, in the early 1980s, famously recorded radio spots to promote a freeze on nuclear weapons.

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10. Dean Smith was one of five, along with Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, John Wooden and Dr James Naismith, selected to represent the inaugural class.

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11. Dean Smith had difficulty with traveling but continued to watch his former team on TV.

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12. Dean Smith remembered words to hymns and jazz standards, but did not go to concerts.

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13. Dean Smith missed both free throws, but Georgetown had no timeouts left.

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14. Dean Smith is a former newspaper reporter and columnist, served as a Director of Publications for Arizona State University for more than 25 years.

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15. Dean Smith has been appointed head coach of his boyhood club, Aston Villa.

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16. From that moment on, Dean Smith became an advocate for Black players and students.

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17. Dean Smith was urged by his pastor to recruit an African-American player, this during the swelling heights of the Civil Rights Movement and statewide resistance to racial equality in the Deep South.

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18. Dean Smith seemed uncomfortable with the attention that came with breaking Rupp's record.

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19. Dean Smith was active in politics, often supporting Democrats and liberal candidates.

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20. Dean Smith would pass lessons learned in Kansas along at North Carolina, adding more than a few of his own.

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21. Dean Smith was a basketball innovator and a relentless competitor.

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22. Dean Smith has spoken out on several social issues, but is most noted for his support of integration during his early years in Chapel Hill.

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23. Dean Smith retired from coaching on 9 October 1997, but not before what may have been his best coaching job the previous winter.

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24. Dean Smith coached the United States to Olympic basketball gold in 1976, aided by four of his own Tar Heel players.

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25. In 2013 Dean Smith was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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26. Dean Smith was known for his strong commitment to racial integration, becoming one of the first white coaches in the South to recruit African American players in the 1960s.

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27. In 1961 Dean Smith became North Carolina's head coach, inheriting a program that had won the NCAA championship in 1957 under McGuire, who left to coach in the professional National Basketball Association after the school received sanctions for recruiting violations.

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28. Dean Smith was a reserve guard on the Kansas team that won the National Collegiate Athletic Association title in 1952.

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29. Dean Smith had been suffering since at least 2007 from dementia—a struggling chronicled in a 2014 ESPN profile by Tommy Tomlinson.

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30. Dean Smith was married twice—to Ann Cleavinger from 1954 to 1974 and to the former Linnea Weblemoe since 1976.

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31. Dean Smith took over at North Carolina in 1961 and amassed one of the most impressive coaching resumes in sports.

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32. Dean Smith was accompanying Cramsey to document the rescue with photos or videos, according to Facebook posts that the two exchanged shortly before the arrest.

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33. Dean Smith was likely along with them to video or photograph the rescue attempt.

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34. Dean Smith was with John Cramsey, 50, and Kimberly Arendt, 29, as they were trying to rescue a girl whose friend had just died of an overdose.

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35. Dean Smith was hired as the head coach of the University of North Carolina after his predecessor was removed for point-shaving scandals.

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36. Dean Smith married Ann Cleavinger in 1954, and they had three children.

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37. Dean Smith was born on February 28, 1931, in Emporia, Kansas.

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38. Dean Smith was a Hall of Fame member for his years as a college basketball coach.

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39. Dean Smith was succeeded by Bill Guthridge, his assistant for 31 years.

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40. Dean Smith was named the nation's top coach in 1977 and 1979.

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41. Dean Smith was known for his presence of mind in tense late-game situations.

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42. Dean Smith combined his outspoken support for liberal causes, including nuclear disarmament and abolition of the death penalty, with a devout Christian faith.

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43. Dean Smith came to North Carolina as assistant basketball coach in 1958.

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44. Dean Smith would sit next to Allen on the bench and soak up knowledge.

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45. Dean Smith coached 30 All-Americans, including the man many consider the greatest basketball player who ever lived, Michael Jordan.

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46. Dean Smith holds many records, including 65 NCAA tournament wins, and 17 regular season titles in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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47. Aston Villa manager Dean Smith is settling into his new role now and he will be.

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48. Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has told his players that they need to be prepared to adapt to the different challenges that the Championship offers.

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49. Dean Smith sends out warning to his Aston Villa players.

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50. Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has told The Birmingham Mail that he has been left astonished by how good John McGinn is.

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51. Dean Smith said he was struck by the openness and ease with which Waterville embraced its immigrants.

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52. Dean Smith spoke Thursday of the rich history of the opera house, noting that in 1907, the orator and statesman William Jennings Bryan stood on the stage to address a crowd.

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53. Dean Smith was carted off the field during the third quarter, his right lower leg in an air cast, after being sacked by JJ Watt and Kareem Jackson.

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54. Aston Villa boss Dean Smith had this to say about Birmingham City ahead of the derby.

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55. Dean Smith believes there is still a lot more to come from Villa after claiming his team 'drew a line in the sand' by beating Derby.

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56. Dean Smith has stressed the importance of Aston Villa having a flexible gameplan after warning his team face a 'totally different' kind of challenge in next weekend's Second City derby with Blues.

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57. Dean Smith was part of the coaching tree of James Naismith, by way of playing under Phog Allen at Kansas.

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58. Dean Smith was featured in an ad that ran in newspapers across North Carolina and was featured in an Associated Press article.

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59. In 2006, Dean Smith became the spokesperson for Devout Democrats, an inter-faith, grassroots political action committee designed to convince religious Americans to vote for Democrats.

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60. In 1965, Dean Smith helped Howard Lee, a black graduate student at North Carolina, purchase a home in an all-white neighborhood.

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61. In 1964, Dean Smith joined a local pastor and a black North Carolina theology student to integrate The Pines, a Chapel Hill restaurant.

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62. Dean Smith was one of the most prominent Democrats in North Carolina politics.

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63. On November 17, 2006, Dean Smith was recognized for his impact on college basketball as a member of the founding class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

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64. In 1997, upon his retirement, Dean Smith was named Sportsman of the Year by the magazine Sports Illustrated.

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65. Dean Smith was the first recipient of the Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement, given by the University of North Carolina Committee on Teaching Awards for "a broader range of teaching beyond the classroom.

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66. Dean Smith was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on May 2, 1983, two years after being enshrined in the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

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67. Dean Smith died on the evening of February 7, 2015, twenty-one days before his 84th birthday, at his Chapel Hill home surrounded by his wife and five children.

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68. Dean Smith married Ann Cleavinger in 1954, shortly before his deployment overseas with the United States Air Force.

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69. Dean Smith took a picture of the scoreboard from the 1982 Championship, modified it to read 1993 and erased the name Georgetown, leaving that space blank.

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70. At the conference, Dean Smith was presented a tape by a lecturer who used doctored images to achieve his goal of losing weight.

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71. Dean Smith was the author of Basketball: Multiple Offense and Defense, which is the best-selling technical basketball book in history.

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72. In 2003 Dean Smith talked to Roy Williams regarding his decision about whether or not to replace a struggling Matt Doherty as head coach.

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73. Dean Smith had been the only coach that a generation of Tar Heel fans had ever known.

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74. Dean Smith served under McGuire for three years until 1961, when McGuire was forced to resign by Chancellor William Aycock in the wake of a major recruiting scandal, and consequently, an NCAA mandated probation.

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75. While at Kansas, Dean Smith continued his interest in sports by playing varsity basketball, varsity baseball, and freshman football, and was a member of the Air Force ROTC detachment.

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76. While at Topeka High School, Dean Smith lettered in basketball all four years and was named all-state in basketball as a senior.

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77. Dean Smith was born in Emporia, Kansas, on February 28, 1931.

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78. Dean Smith coached and worked with numerous people at North Carolina who achieved notable success in basketball, as players, coaches, or both.

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79. While at North Carolina, Dean Smith helped promote desegregation by recruiting the university's first African-American scholarship basketball player, Charlie Scott, and pushing for equal treatment for African Americans by local businesses.

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80. Dean Smith played college basketball at the University of Kansas, where he won a national championship in 1952 playing for Hall of fame coach Phog Allen.

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81. Dean Smith had the 9th highest winning percentage of any men's college basketball coach.

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82. Dean Smith coached from 1961 to 1997 and retired with 879 victories, which was the NCAA Division I men's basketball record at that time.

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