Legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith passed away last month at the age of 83, leaving behind a college basketball legacy few, if any, can match. As one last act of kindness, Smith instructed his trust—the Dean E. Smith Revocable Trust—to leave $200 to each of the approximately 180 UNC lettermen who played under him during his 36-year career as coach of the Tar Heels. The money is to be used to “enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith,” according to a letter sent to Dante Calabria, a guard on Smith’s 1993 National Championship team, that was found making the rounds on the Internet earlier today.
— Jim Dempsey (@ChestPassDemps) March 26, 2015
A classy move from a classy gentleman. Now let’s all keep our fingers crossed that the NCAA doesn’t step up and label this magnanimous gesture a rules violation, because, as we all know, the NCAA is just the worst.
[H/T to ESPN]
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