Dean Smith was a remarkable human being. The late coach left one final gift for every North Carolina varsity letterman from 1961-1997 in his will, a $200 check to “enjoy a dinner out, compliments of Coach Dean Smith.”
All told, Smith spent roughly $36,000 on 180 former players. We often overuse the term “great” and “amazing,” but Dean Smith really was both of those things.
Smith passed away last month at the age of 83.