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Legendary North Carolina Tar Heels coach Dean Smith dies at 83

Dean Smith (2009 photo by Zeke Smith via wikipedia commons)

Dean Smith, the Hall of Fame legend who won two national championships at North Carolina along with an Olympic gold medal while coaching, has died. He was 83.

In a statement released by the university from the Smith family,  the coach died “peacefully” at his Chapel Hill home Saturday evening. He was with his wife and five children.

Smith coached some of the biggest names ever in college basketball. The list is long Michael Jordan, Larry Brown, Billy Cunningham, Hubert Davis, Matt Doherty, Phil Ford, George Karl, Charlie Scott, James Worthy, John Kuester, Jeff Lebo, Mitch Kupchak, Sam Perkins, Bob McAdoo, Kenny Smith, Rick Fox, Jerry Stackhouse, Walter Davis, Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter and Rasheed Wallace to name a few.

He sent more than 50 players to the NBA and ABA.

Smith had health issues in recent years, where he had a condition that was causing him to lose memory. He stayed out of the public’s eye since 2010. His wife, Linnea, accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom on his behalf from President Barack Obama in November 2013.

Born Feb. 28, 1931, in Emporia, Kan., the son of public school teachers, Dean Edwards Smith graduated from the University of Kansas with a communications degree in 1953. He played for the Jayhawks teams that won the NCAA title in 1952 and finished second the next year. While at Kansas, Smith played for another legendary basketball coach in Phog Allen which the Jayhawks home arena is named after, Allen Fieldhouse.

He served as an assistant coach at Kansas to Allen and Dick Harp before joining the Air Force. He was an assistant basketball coach at the Air Force Academy, and also the baseball and golf coach for a year, before leaving in 1958 to join Frank McGuire’s staff at North Carolina. When McGuire left to coach in the NBA in the summer of 1961, the university selected Smith, 30 years old at the time, to take over the program.

Smith had an 8-9 record his first season and never had one again.

He won two championships in his career, 1982 and 1993. Other career accomplishments included: 11 regional titles which led to the Final Four; 13 ACC Tournament titles; 18 ACC regular season titles; NIT title in 1971; National Coach of the Year 4 times and ACC coach of the Year 9 times.

He is the member of several Hall of Fames: North Carolina 1981; Basketball 1983; Kansas 1996; College Basketball 2006 and the ingaural class of FIBA in 2007

Smith retired in October 1997 with a career record of 879-254, having eclipsed ‘The Baron” Adolph Rupp’s record of 876 victories during the NCAA tournament earlier that year in March.

Smith was very active in his church, politics, while speaking out on social issues such as civil rights, the death penalty, affirming gays and lesbians.

During his regime at UNC, Smith, with the insistence of his pastor started to recruit black athletes to his team. In 1967, swingman Charlie Scott became the first black athlete on scholarhip.

In politics, he supported Democrats and Liberals. He donated money to the presidential campaigns of Howard Dean, Bill Bradley, North Carolina alumnus John Edwards and Obama.

With his wife, Linnea,  Smith is also survived by daughters Sandy, Sharon, Kristen and Kelly; son Scott; and several grandchildren.

Dean Smith Center interior (2007 photo by Greenstat via wikipedia commons)

 

Ohio State gets another basketball transfer in Trevor Thompson

Trevor Thompson (courtesy Virginia Tech)

Ohio State head basketball coach Thad Matta has had some good news the past two weeks.

First, he received word that Temple University forward Anthony Lee would transfer.

On Sunday, Virginia Tech freshman center Trevor Thompson said that he would be coming to Ohio State as well.

The two players add height and depth to the frontcourt. Lee is 6’9, Thompson is 7’0.

Trevor’s dad is former MLB outfielder, Ryan Thompson, who played nine years with the Mets, Cleveland, Houston, the Yankees, Florida and Milwaukee. Now 46 years old, Thompson won a World Championship with the Yankees in 2000.

With Virginia Tech during the 2013-2014 season: 2013-14: Played in 30 games, making ten starts … Named to the All-ACC Academic team … Made collegiate debut in the win over West Virginia, scoring five points, grabbing five rebounds and blocking three shots … Recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Western Carolina … Grabbed six rebounds and blocked five shots against VMI … Grabbed eight rebounds and added four points off the bench against VCU … Scored four points and blocked a shot in just three minutes of action against UNCG … Brought down four rebounds and added eight points against UMES … Made the first start of his career against No. 2 Syracuse, scoring four points and grabbing two rebounds … Recorded the second double-double of his career with 10 points and 12 rebounds against Wake Forest … Scored seven points and added four rebounds against Maryland … Scored six points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots at Florida State … Had eight points and six rebounds at Pittsburgh … Grabbed 12 rebounds and scored eight points in the win over Miami … Neared a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds against NC State … Matched his career best with 15 points, adding three steals and six rebounds at No. 6 Duke … Scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds against No. 19 North Carolina … Led all players with 10 rebounds, also adding six points, at Maryland … Scored six points and grabbed five rebounds in ACC Tournament game against Miami.

 

**2013-2014 INFORMATION COURTESY OF VIRGINIA TECH SPORTS INFORMATION

Louisville leaves Big East for the ACC; replaces Maryland

(courtesy of U of Louisville)

The Atlantic Coast Conference has raided the Big East again.

On Wednesday, the presidents and chancellors unanimously voted to add Louisville as a replacement for Maryland.

Maryland announced last week that it would be joining the Big Ten in 2014.

The ACC also considered two other Big East schools, Cincinnati and Connecticut.

 

Adding the Cardinals brings the ACC to 14 full members, with former Big East rivals Pittsburgh and Syracuse joining conference play in 2013.

Louisville will be the seventh Big East school to leave for the ACC in the last 10 years.

Obviously, by adding Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Louisville in the past 15 months has made the ACC even stronger in football and especially in basketball.

 

 

Notre Dame ending long rivalry with Michigan

 

(courtesy of Notre Dame athletics)

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish has opted to end its football series with the Michigan Wolverines.

The last scheduled game between college football’s two winningest programs will take place in 2014.

Notre Dame recently made the decision to join the Atlantic Coast Conference in every sport except football and hockey. But the football team will play five games a year versus ACC opponents, which will start in 2015 and they had to drop some of their long-time rival games to free up the schedule.

(courtesy Michigan athletics)

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV, Notre Dame & Michigan news

Notre Dame leaving Big East for ACC; Football stays an Independent

 

(courtesy Notre Dame athletics)

To no one’s surprise, Notre Dame will be leaving the Big East Conference for the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports but football. The ACC announced on Wednesday that the catholic university will play five football games every year against the league’s programs but will be a full member in all other sports.

The league also said that it is increasing its exit fees for the conference’s schools to three times the annual operating budget, which would be more than $50 million.

With this development, the Big East seems to be in trouble as far as a basketball conference goes.

They’ve lost Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC, and West Virginia to the Big 12, now a national brand in Notre Dame and the retirement of Jim Calhoun at Connecticut, basketball seems to have taken a hit. Only Louisville, Cincinnati, Villanova and Georgetown are left.

But the Big East has added Memphis, Temple, SMU, Houston and Central Florida. Of that group, only Memphis and Temple have strong basketball programs.

 

Info compiled from Notre Dame, Big East Conference & Atlantic Coast Conference

 

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