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Dean Smith, 1931-2015

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I remember being at a big game in Carmichael Auditorium, crowd hyped up, when the ref made a horrible call against the Heels. Someone started yelling, "bullshit, bullshit, bullshit," and more folks joined in. Suddenly, for the first time ever, a good part of the Carmichael crowd was chanting, "bullshit, bullshit, bullshit!" I was a little surprised, a little excited, not quite sure--but I was pissed, the call was awful, and I joined in.

Dean Smith, with an irked look on his face, in the middle of the game, walked to the scorer's table, grabbed the mic, and said tersely, "That's not how we do things here. Let's beat 'em the right way."

We fell silent.

I'd never seen a coach do that.

Coach Smith schooled us all.





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