Thursday, November 30, 2017 09:02 AM


The personal papers of Dean Smith have been donated to UNC-Chapel Hills Wilson Library, where fans will be able to peruse handwritten notes and gain new insights into the famous basketball coach.

The university announced the gift Thursday. The collection includes 12,000 items that belonged to the late UNC coach, who died in 2015 at the age of 83.

Visitors to the library will be able to see scrapbooks made by Smiths parents, marking milestones in his early career. Theres a letter from Smith explaining why he wouldnt run against Jesse Helms for the U.S. Senate. And theres a telegram from Smiths most famous former player, Michael Jordan, on the occasion of Smith reaching 877 wins, when he surpassed the record of University of Kentucky Coach Adolph Rupp.

Michael Jordan with coach Dean Smith as Jordan announces that he will forgo his senior year in college to play pro basketball. The Wilson Library at UNC-Chapel Hill has received a gift of Smiths personal records, including a telegram from Jordan congratulating Smith after win number 877.

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When Smith retired in 1997, he was the winningest mens basketball coach in NCAA Division I ...

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