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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)


Stanford routs Minnesota to win men’s NIT title


(courtesy of Stanford University via wikipedia commons)

Led by their backcourt duo of Chasson Randle and Aaron Bright, the Stanford Cardinal routed the Minnesota Golden Gophers to win the 2012 NIT championship, 75-51 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Randle and Bright each scored 15 points as Stanford opened the second half with a 10-point lead and stayed in double figures for the rest of the game.

Minnesota turned the ball over 22 times in the game.

The Cardinal finish the season at 26-11, won its second NIT title, the first since 1991.

Minnesota, finishes at 23-15 could not find the basket early in the game by missing 16 of its first 19 shots.


Info compiled from NIT, Stanford University & Minnesota athletics news


Carmody staying at Northwestern


(courtesy of Northwestern athletics via wikipedia commons)

There has been quite a stir around the Chicago suburb of Evanston on whether Bill Carmody should keep his job at Northwestern despite not making the NCAA tournament for yet, another year.

After all, he has led the Wildcats in the past three seasons to records of 17-14, 20-14 and 20-14 and three straight trips to the NIT.

School administration seems to be happy with his job performance, because he is returning for his 13th season as head men’s basketball coach.

Carmody, a Pete Carril disciple, has a 179-191 record with the Wildcats and have brought national attention to the program with upset wins and the team’s competitive nature of playing better teams very tough with close games.


Info compiled from Radio, TV & Internet news

Dayton Flyers win Old Spice Classic; downs Minnesota


Josh Parker talks to reporter Doug Harris ( photo)

The Dayton Flyers defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers 86-70 to capture the 2011 Old Spice Classic championship in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, which is in the Orlando area.

Five Flyers scored in double figures led by the Old Spice Most Valuable Player, Kevin Dillard. Dillard scored 19 points, 10 assists and career-highs with seven steals and three blocks.

Josh Parker put in 12 points and Luke Fabrizius scored 11 as the Flyers won their fourth in a row and improved to a 5-1 overall record.

The Old Spice Classic is Dayton’s 12th in-season tournament title. UD has won three of the last five it has participated in and is the first since taking the 2008 Chicago Invitational Challenge.

The Flyers improved to 14-5 against BCS programs over the previous five years and has won eight of the last nine.

In the program’s history, Dayton had never beaten a Big Ten team by double-figures prior to the game against Minnesota. It was their first win against a Big Ten team since winning at Illinois during a run to the 2010 NIT crown. This was their first regular-season win over a Big Ten school since knocking off Purdue in 2001-02 at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Dayton led at the half 37-28, using a 25-5 run to the first 20 minutes.

The Flyers led by as many as 18 points in the second half.


Info compiled from Dayton athletics

Mahdi Abdul-Rahman aka Walt Hazzard dead at 69


Walt Hazzard (courtesy of UCLA athletics)

Walt Hazzard, who changed his named at one point due to his conversion to Islam, to Mahdi Abdul Rahman (Rock-man), but changed it back due to professional aspirations, has died at age 69.

UCLA announced that Hazzard died at the school’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles after a lengthy illness.

Hazzard, a former UCLA basketball star under John Wooden and partnered with Gail Goodrich to form a potent backcourt. He played on the Bruins first NCAA championship basketball team in 1964. He later came back to campus to coach the team for four seasons from 1984-85 to 1987-88 compiling a 77-47 record. His first team in ’84-85 won the NIT championship.

His number 42 jersey was retired by UCLA. He earned a gold medal for the U.S. in the 1964 Olympics and was a #1 pick by the LA Lakers in the 1964 NBA Draft.

During his NBA career, Hazzard played for the Lakers, Seattle twice, Atlanta, Buffalo and Golden State.

Hazzard’s youngest child Khalil, is a record producer known in hip-hop circles as DJ Khalil.


Info compiled from NBA, UCLA, Radio & TV news

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