NC lawmakers recall Smith’s coaching, commitment to justice

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Legislators have recalled the late Dean Smith as a great coach and great man who cared about students, his community and social justice.

House and Senate members spoke Wednesday at the Legislative Building in praise of the former men’s basketball coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill while passing a resolution in his memory. Smith’s widow and daughter watched from the Senate and House gallery.

The Hall of Fame coach died in February at age 83. He spent 36 seasons with the Tar Heels and led them to two national championships.

Rep. Graig Meyer of Orange County praised Smith for his efforts at integration in Chapel Hill. And Rep. Ed Hanes of Winston-Salem recalled his encounters with Smith while playing on UNC’s junior varsity basketball team.

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