I been following North Carolina for well a third of a century, as well as college basketball and football, and in that stint of time there have been so many, many great moments. From national championships, to national players of the year, and many other things, too many to list all. And for the most part I can say it’s been a great time being part of the “Carolina Way”, to be a Tar Heel. On the other hand, there have been few times that it hasn’t, and one moment that was truly sad.
That day was sixteen years ago today, when Dean Smith told the college basketball world it was his time to step aside, giving his long time assistant, Bill Guthridge, a great team to coach. So, while you watch the video of his retirement let me say this “thank you for everything coach Smith!”
Before I finish this post… most think of Dean Smith as a great coach, rightfully so. But never, ever forget, that the man is just as good, if not better, than the coach. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the world of college basketball, and all the fans of both should be humbled and honored by having been able to watch, as Dick Vitale would call him, “The Michelangelo of Basketball” at work for 36 years.