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One Shining Example
Alexander Wolff
April 13, 2005
He retired in 1997 as his sport's winningest coach, but Dean Smith will be remembered for doing things the right way
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April 13, 2005

One Shining Example

He retired in 1997 as his sport's winningest coach, but Dean Smith will be remembered for doing things the right way

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THE REVEREND ROBERT SEYMOUR:
When I retired, he and others chided me for leaving. But I told them I'd rather leave when people want me to stay than have them dance in the streets when I left. And I think that was part of his thinking.

My phone rang in January. It was Dean. He said, "Bob, before each practice I give my team some brief words of wisdom. Today is Martin Luther King's birthday. Can you give me something he said?" I thought for a moment and said, "When evil men plot, good men plan."

MIKE KRZYZEWSKI:
He had a style that no one's ever going to copy. To be that smart, that psychologically aware, that good with X's and O's--with that system and to always take the high road--that just isn't going to happen again.

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