Photo by David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/MCT via Getty Images(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) — Former North Carolina men’s head basketball coach Dean Smith passed away Saturday night. He was 83.
Smith roamed the sidelines for the Tar Heels from 1961 to 1997, compiling a record of 879-254. During his tenure, he appeared in 11 final fours and won two NCAA titles.
“He was the greatest there ever was on the court but far, far better off the court with people,” North Carolina head coach Roy Williams said in a statement. “His concern for people will be the legacy I will remember most.”
Among the players Smith coached at North Carolina, Michael Jordan and James Worthy.
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