Unfortunately, this year saw the passing of one of the greatest college basketball coaches of all-time, Dean Smith. The longtime UNC head coach led the Tar Heels to two national championships, 17 conference championships and a record of 876-254 over his 36-year career.

But, more importantly, he was also known for his relationship with players off-the-court. And nothing shows this more than Smith’s will. He sent all of his former letterman $200 with the message, “enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith.”

Even from the grave, Dean Smith is still graciously thinking of his players. It truly shows the type of person he was, especially when ESPN’s Darren Rovell did the actual math regarding this good deed.

No one will ever argue about whether Dean Smith was a class act.

 

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