TEARS FOR THE TAR HEELS

NORTH CAROLINA COACH DEAN SMITH TAKES HIMSELF OUT OF THE GAME FOR WHICH HE HAS DONE SO MUCH

There are the numbers: a record 879 victories in 36 years at North Carolina, a 97% graduation rate for his players, 30 All-Americans, 27 consecutive 20-win seasons, 11 Final Fours, only three ejections, the one and only Michael Jordan and zero NCAA violations.

There are the stories: of being hanged in effigy his first year as head coach, of participating in campus protests against segregation, of late-night sessions watching videotape and of late-night calls from ex-players in crisis.

And when Dean Smith, 66, announced last week that he was stepping down from the job he has held since 1961, there were...

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