A veteran head coach and Kansas alum, Dean Smith, is having his estate auctioned off with an asking price of $1.25 million, according to NBC Sports. The house, which is situated in the woods of Chapel Hill, was built in 1964 and features three bedrooms.
Dean Smith, who succumbed to death in a struggle with dementia as of February this year, started coaching in 1961 for the Tar Heels and concluded his career after the 1996-97 season (28-7, conference tournament champion, Final Four app.). As for special mentions, Dean Smith never finished outside of the top 10 in win-loss percentages (.941 – 1981-82, .895 – 1992-93) or number of games won (ranked first six times, ranking the lowest after the 1977-78 season with 31 wins) during his 27-year tenure.
Career Snapshot – Dean Smith
Developed 18 Consensus All-Americans, including Michael Jordan, Bob McAdoo and James Worthy
17 conference regular season championships
13 conference tournament championships
11 Final Fours
2 National championships (1981-82, 1992-93)
Sure the numbers never lie, but Dean Smith was more of a man than what statistics made him out to be. In his will, Smith donated an allowance of $200 to every player he ever coached. And another testimonial to Smith’s character was his hunger to serve his players regardless of their needs and regardless of what Smith was doing at the time he was called upon.
Off the court, Dean Smith was tabbed with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013 and even spanned the world of politics, debating nuclear freeze and the abolishment of the death penalty.
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