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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)

 

Manning to leave Kansas to become head coach at Tulsa

 

Danny Manning (courtesy of Kansas athletics)

Kansas head basketball coach Bill Self, not only lost the national championship game to the Kentucky Wildcats, but he is losing two of his top assistant coaches as well.

First, director of basketball operations Barry Hinson announced that he had taken the job at Southern Illinois.

And now, its long-time assistant Danny Manning will become the new head coach at Tulsa.

Manning, who played for the Jayhawks from 1984-88, was a smooth-shooting inside-outside player who at 6’10, 230-pounds, scored 2,951 career points and is the Lawrence, Kansas school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. Self, earlier in his career, was the head coach at Tulsa.

The 45-year-old Manning played in the NBA with the LA Clippers, Atlanta, Phoenix, Milwaukee, Utah, Dallas and Detroit.

 

Info compiled from Kansas athletics, Tulsa & NBA news

Hawkins is out at University of Colorado

Dan Hawkins was fired as head football coach at Colorado, just days after the Buffaloes blew a 28-point lead at Kansas when the Jayhawks scored 35 points in the final 11 minutes of the game for an incredible 52-45 win.

Brian Cabral, a longtime assistant coach was named the interim coach for the final three games of the season.

Dan Hawkins (courtesy of U of Colorado via Wikipedia Commons)

Hawkins was considered to be good hire by athletic director Mike Bohn back in 2006 after he was 53-16 at Boise State. But Hawkins never got his program going at the Boulder, Colorado school. He was 19-39 in nearly five years, only 3-6 this year. He had no winning seasons.

compiled from staff & University of Colorado news

Kansas Jayhawks get past Texas Tech to secure its 2,000th win

#1 Kansas reached a major milestone on Thursday and only two other programs can make the claim.

By beating Texas Tech in the Big 12 Conference Tournament at Kansas City, Missouri, the Jayhawks join Kentucky and North Carolina in the 2,000 wins club.

Cole Aldrich Kansas (AP)

Leaning on their two star players, Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins, Kansas struggled but won, 80-68. Aldrich had 12 rebounds, 18 points and dominated the game defensively by altering shots by Texas Tech’s inside players. Despite foul trouble, Collins scored 19 points and handed out six assists.