October 19, 1997 |
On March 19, 1977, with 22 seconds left in the NCAA East Regional championship game, Dean Smith ran 75 feet down the basketball floor. The North Carolina coach had seen Kentucky's big man, Rick Robey, use his forearms to knock down Carolina's little guard, John Kuester. Robey's foul was purposeful. Losing 75-72, Kentucky's only chance at victory was to get the ball after Carolina missed free throws.
April 1, 1993 |
After 31 seasons at North Carolina, Coach Dean Smith has built an impressive record. His only losing season (8-9) was his first, in 1961-62. "He took the blame, but we didn't have a lot of talent," former player Jim Hudock said Wednesday from his home in Kinston, N.C. Hudock recalled Smith's debut on Dec. 2, 1961, against Virginia. Smith had told the players to raise a fist when they were tired and wanted to rest.
March 30, 1993 |
For the second time in three years, fate is pitting Kansas Coach Roy Williams against his revered friend and former boss, North Carolina Coach Dean Smith, in college basketball's showcase event. Saturday in New Orleans, as they did in 1991 in Indianapolis, Kansas and North Carolina will meet in the first of two NCAA semifinal games. Williams, who served a 10-year apprenticeship under Smith before coming to Kansas in 1989, disliked all the hoopla then and seems to dislike it now even more.
April 2, 2001
Breakdown of the records of Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and Arizona's Lute Olson: * *--* KRZYZEWSKI OLSON Seasons: 26 27 Career Wins 609 642 Career Losses 213 227 Career Win Pct. .741 .638 Conference First Place 8 10 NCAA Appearances 17 22 NCAA Wins 55 37 NCAA Losses 14 21 NCAA Win Pct. .797 .638 Times in Round of 16 12 10 Times in Round of 8 10 6 Times in Final Four 9 5 Times in Champ. Game 7 2 National Titles 2 1 *--* * *--* vs. Olson vs. Krzy.
March 22, 1987 |
Dean Smith is another of those grown men who makes a living teaching grown-up boys how to bounce a ball, and because of this gets treated like a living legend. When a 21,444-seat arena was built in North Carolina for $38 million, it was named for Smith and decorated with a large black bust of his likeness, as if he were Julius Caesar or Abraham Lincoln and not some guy who spends his weekends worrying about how to score more points in a basketball game than Wake Forest does.
March 27, 1998 |
Bob Kravitz of the Rocky Mountain News, on Denver Nugget President Charlie Lyons' hiring of former coach Dan Issel as general manager: "This is a marriage of convenience. Lyons needed Issel for credibility. Issel needed Lyons for NBA employment. The happy couple's bridal registry is at JC Penney, for those interested. . . . "Give Lyons credit for this much, though. He is consistent. Once again, he is hiring somebody nobody else was looking to hire."
October 14, 1997 |
Tom FitzGerald in the San Francisco Chronicle: "Some college football crowds may be loud enough to raise the dead. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff wants to do it literally. "It wants to build a $75-million stadium on a site that includes part of a cemetery. As many as 50 graves will have to be moved." Comment: Opponents might be wary of scheduling Pine Bluff on Halloween.
November 27, 1997 |
You bet, Dean Smith and Bill Guthridge were inseparable for the last three decades. Best friends, basketball brethren, Papa Tar Heel and his sardonic sidekick. "Kind of like Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy," Guthridge cracked in a self-deprecating reference to the old dummy puppet act before a luncheon crowd here Wednesday before peering out into the audience and dryly adding: "Oh, I guess a lot of you are too young to even remember that."
January 18, 1999 |
What: "The World According to Dean." Author: Barry Jacobs. Publisher: Total Sports. Price: $11.95. What's that? You say you were transferred to the West Coast from North Carolina and can't find any reading on Tar Heel basketball? This one's for you. Just about everything Dean Smith has said about anything is here. No plot points to grapple with, just a couple hundred quotes, strung together in a book by Jacobs, who covers the Atlantic Coast Conference for the New York Times.