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That Damn Dean

That Damn Dean
 
 
 
 
 
The death of Coach Dean Smith hit pretty close to home for me as I grew up in Raleigh, 29 miles from Chapel Hill, during his tenure.  I will end the list of quotations from others with two of my own favorite Dean Smith stories.  The 1980’s of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Basketball could be summed up in two words:  Dean Smith.  Coach Jim Valvano told a story about going to get a haircut after he was hired at N.C. State.  Jim found a barbershop on Western Boulevard in downtown Raleigh, across from the N.C. State Campus. When he entered the barbershop, the barber, Horton Mills, said, “Hey you must be Jimmy V., that new basketball coach they just hired at State.  I hope you do better than the last guy they had.”  Valvano said, “You know, that last guy (Norm Sloan) won a National Championship in 1974.”  The barber then smiled and said, “Yeah, but just think of what Dean Smith could have done with that team.”
The second story was told to me by former Coach Bobby Cremins of Georgia Tech.  Cremins said jokingly, “The first several years I coached in the ACC, I thought Dean Smith’s name was ‘That Damn Dean,’ because every time Lefty Driesell called me from Maryland he began every conversation with, ‘Hey Bobby, do you know what that damn Dean is doing now?’”
 
 
 
 
                                                              Andy Purvis
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custom essey paper on Sunday, May 07, 2017 10:35 AM
That damn dean smiths name was jokingly because every time conversation with dean is doing now. When he entered the barbershop basketball just think of what,photo show that damn.
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