The passing of former North Carolina coach Dean Smith was noted on the board the other day, but I had seen nothing here that underlined what a powerful figure he was, including in his contributions to both civil rights and the evolution of the game itself.
I found this wonderful appreciation of Smith at CBS Sports, an easy and pleasurable read with lots of links and a great interview of him and John Thompson, and thought I'd share it. Note that Smith's coaching tree pretty much takes in everyone, going back to Phog Allen and the game's inventor, James Naismith. Even more than John Wooden--who himself called Smith the greatest coach ever--Smith may well be the single most towering figure in the history of the sport. The appreciations of him by the likes of Michael Jordan and Duke's Coach K are pretty touching:
I am sorry, I do not know how to embed and can't take time at work to learn to do so. This is the funniest thing I have seen all week.
And we thought some of our fans were bandwagon... The winning bidder at this auction on ebay wins her support as a fan for their team...
She has 3 bids so far. Here's the auction description:
Where do I start?? I am 22 years old and have always been a diehard Carolina Tar Heels fan. I have been with them through the good times and the bad. But they are getting to be more than I can handle. Roy Williams is not treating the fans how they should be treated. I am sick of him. So I am looking for a new team to pull for. You are bidding on my loyalty to your team. I will be buying new shirts and items to support my new team with the money from the winning bid. You are not buying me but my support for your team. The starting bid is $250.00, good luck and Happy Bidding!!
This was a good summary of Michigan 1st bowl trip to Jacksonville, FL Gator Bowl back in 1979 with photos. Not a good result, but Michigan played very well.
The game was played on December 28th (not yet a New Year's Day game) and was broadcast at 7 p.m. EST (night game).
One of Michigan's finest defensive teams from an experience stand point. Some notable Wolverine players: WR Anthony Carter, DE Curt Greer, LB Ron Simpkins, TB Roosevelt Smith, QB John Wangler and TE Doug Marsh.
UNC's stars were DE/LB Lawrence Taylor, TB Amos Lawrence, QB Matt Kupec.
Academic infractions. Stay tuned...