Dean Smith died in February, but his benevolence lived on through his trust. The North Carolina men's basketball coach left money—to "enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith"—to each varsity letterman who played for him.
This piece originally appeared in the March 1982 issue of Inside Sports. It is reprinted here with the author's permission.
University of North Carolina coaching legend Dean Smith died at his home on Saturday night at the age of 83. According to a statement released by his family, Smith died peacefully while surrounded by his wife and five children.
Pro tip for anyone trying to make sense of a scandal. If the person at the center of it starts claiming that "the media" are persecuting them, it's usually (though not always) a solid bet that they are patently full of shit. It's the equivalent of shooting the messenger and then claiming self-defense.
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Observations that Paterno's health — body and mind — have declined noticeably should be heartbreaking. So why aren't we as sad about it as we ought to be?