He is sitting in his car, parked outside of old Carmichael Auditorium, where Dean Smith made his career and Michael Jordan made his name. Dorrance tells his favorite story about Jordan, how he once stormed out of a Chicago Bulls practice in a dispute over the score of a scrimmage. "I heard that, and I thought, Yes" Dorrance says. "I want that quality to be in every kid I train—competing in a meaningless game like it's a world championship. That's the whole point: It's not meaningless. It matters all the time whether you win or lose. Is it important? No. But does it matter? Yes. Yes."
Dorrance hops out of his car, stops by an office in Carmichael to sign some letters to recruits, then walks to a balcony out back to survey his latest creation: The university's new $2.1 million Soccer Center, built for a program that didn't exist 20 years ago. Men scramble through the dust, hammering roof beams. "Unbelievable," Dorrance says. "My old office was in a small building right there, and now this is six times the size. It's incredible."
Smith is retired. The coaches Dorrance broke in with are gone. He is the biggest name in North Carolina sports now, and Chapel Hill is like any town: It has its monuments and, just up the street, it has a place for all the irreplaceable men.