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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)

 

Gary Woodland wins PGA Tour’s Reno-Tahoe Open

(By OCAL, courtesy Clker.com)

Gary Woodland holed a 58-foot chip shot from the rough for one of his four birdies and saved par five times to win the Reno-Tahoe Open in Reno, Nevada.

Jonathan Byrd and Andres Romero tied for second with 35 points and Brendon Steele collected 33 at Montreaux Golf Club.

Woodland, who is 29 years old, attended Washburn University and the University of Kansas, turned pro in 2007 and has four pro wins, only his second on the PGA Tour.

Woodland finished with 44 points in the modified Stableford scoring format.

Stableford is a scoring system used in the sport of golf. Rather than counting the total number of strokes taken, as in stroke play, it involves scoring points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole. Unlike traditional scoring methods, where the aim is to have the lowest score, under Stableford rules, the objective is to have the highest score.

The Stableford system was developed by Dr. Frank Barney Gorton Stableford (1870–1959), to deter golfers from giving up on their round after just one or two bad holes.

Stableford can have the added benefit of speeding up the pace of play, as once it is no longer possible to score a point, a player does not have to complete the hole but can simply pick up his/her ball and proceed to the next hole. It is a popular form of the game, especially at club level and particularly in the United Kingdom, as it is still possible to record a competitive score despite having the occasional bad hole.

 

ENTERTAINMENT FOR SATURDAY AUGUST 21, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Saturday, August 21, the 233rd day of 2010. There are 132 days left before 2011 rolls around.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

Honolulu Hawaii. 51 years ago today, Hawaii was made the 50th state in the union (file)

* On August 21, 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order making Hawaii the 50th state.

* Galileo Galilei demonstrated his new telescope to officials in Venice, Italy.

* In 1807, Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat left Albany, New York, on its return trip to New York, arriving around 30 hours later.

* In 1831, Nat Turner led a slave rebellion in Virginia, resulting in the deaths of at least 55 people. He was later executed.

* In 1911, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. The painting turned up two years later, in Italy.

* In 1940, exiled Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky died in a Mexican Hospital from wounds inflicted by an assassin.

* Five years ago, August 21, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI ended his four-day trip to his native Germany, celebrating Mass for a million people in Cologne.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Archie Griffin, number 45 turns 56 years old today (file)

Philip II, King of France in 1165.

Count Basie, Jazz Pianist in 1904.

Wilt Chamberlain, 7’1 basketball player born in 1936. University of Kansas All-American. Played in the NBA for the Philadelphia Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers. He pulled down 23,924 rebounds in his career. He is best remembered for scoring 100 points in a 1962 game against the New York Knicks.

Archie Griffin, two-time Heisman Trophy winning running back for Ohio State. Born on this date in 1954, making 56 today. A former Cincinnati Bengal. He played for two legendary coaches, Woody Hayes at Ohio State and Paul Brown with the Bengals.