For Pete's Sake

Dean Smith willed $200 for each player he coached: for dinner out

In a Nov. 1, 1994 file photo, former Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan shared a moment with Dean Smith, his former coach at North Carolina.
In a Nov. 1, 1994 file photo, former Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan shared a moment with Dean Smith, his former coach at North Carolina. File photo

Former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith had a reputation as a really nice person, and that was confirmed Thursday.

Smith, who died last month, apparently left a little something for his former players in his will.

Dante Calabria, one of Smith’s former players, tweeted this:

Yes, it seems that Smith left every basketball letterman he coached $200 that they are supposed to use for dinner out.*

*Not sure that $200 buys Michael Jordan’s dinner, but that’s neither here nor there.

Smith, who was born in Emporia and played at Kansas, coached the Tar Heels from 1961-1997. The Associated Press reported that approximately 180 players received a check.

What a great thing to do.

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