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Smith's impact goes beyond UNC, basketball after his death

Smith's impact goes beyond UNC, basketball after his death

Dean Smith accomplished so much on and off the court during his time as North Carolina's coach, leaving a lasting influence both on the game and the world around him. He preached the value of team play and turned the Tar Heels program into a family, inspiring fierce loyalty in the countless players and coaches who came through Chapel Hill during Smith's 36-year tenure there. Away from the bench, Smith took stands on societal issues — most notably in civil rights — that resonated in the once-segregated South. The retired Hall of Fame coach died "peacefully" Saturday, his family said in a statement released by the school Sunday. He had kept a lower profile...

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