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The Secret 1982 Dean Smith Interview

Sportsfolio: Coach Smith, the team has been ranked number one for most of the season. How does this ranking affect the team?


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David Colwell      11:04 PM Wed 4/14/2010

Class of 1977. I remember we had lost at home to Wake after going into the four corners with the lead. The next day a couple of friends and I were in line at the YMCA to get something to drink. Coach Smith got in line behind us. It was obvious he was on his way to practice at Carmichael. Had the whistle around his neck, clipboard, etc. Anyway, we offered to let him go ahead of us in the line. He politely refused. I awkwardly commented on the tough loss the night before and he just kind of shook his head and smiled. As we waited, we started talking about classes, professors, etc. He listened mostly. When we left, though, Coach Smith was l talking to us and then took probably 15-20 minutes to continue our conversation with us about our experiences at Carolina, our majors, our plans for after college, etc. He never mentioned basketball. And it was obvious he was running late for practice. Still, he took the time to talk to us about our lives and our experiences at Carolina. My fondest memory of Carolina.

the author of the piece      12:03 PM Tue 1/12/2010

charly—<br \><br \>You should have explained that the piece appeared in the april fool&#39;s issue of Sportsfolio, a weekly local sports magazine... without following the coach and his program at the time (as most avid chapel hill sports readers did) most of the joking &#39;responses&#39; don&#39;t make much sense... there is little question that Dean E. Smith bears little resemblance to the coach depicted in the piece— or did he?<br \><br \>regardless, I enjoy your website...<br \>steve

Franklin      3:12 PM Tue 9/15/2009

I&#39;m kind of stunned that people didn&#39;t get the joke. Pretty funny stuff!

Charly Mann      4:18 PM Sat 4/18/2009

This was an April Fools piece by a huge Carolina fan, and author of a Dean Smith bio.

Phil Hawkins      1:04 PM Sat 4/18/2009

This is complete BS. Anyone who knows Coach Smith knows this is a bunch of made-up drivel, probably by a Duke fan.

Francie      7:16 AM Fri 4/3/2009

Charly...Is this real??? Doesn&#39;t sound like the Dean I know!!<br \>At one point, he was my Sunday School teacher!

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