Legendary college basketball coach Dean Smith, and former coach of Michael Jordan at the University of North Carolina Tarheels is still making news after his passing. Word was spreading yesterday that each of his former players received a letter from Dean Smith’s estate with a check for $200. The letter encourages the players to go out to a nice dinner on him.
— Jim Dempsey (@ChestPassDemps) March 26, 2015
Given he had over 180 players pass through his doors over the years, the trust for this act of kindness was over $36,000. Coach Smith was a class act in a million ways. Although many of his former players are now NBA millionaires, my guess is those checks and the letter from Smith will find themselves framed and on their walls forever in remembrance of his character.