Written and authored by NCAA Basketball March Madness Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news. Former North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball coach Dean Smith passed away on February 7, 2015 and the impact he had on the entire state is profound. Four day’s later news of the passing of former Nevada Las Vegas Legendary Basketball Coach Jerry Tarkanian sent more shockwaves through the College Basketball landscape. Both Smith and Tarkanian did it their way, Smith more conventional and the controversial Tarkanian in more of a rebel style, but fair.
Smith and Tarkanian were father figures both on and off of the Basketball Court for so many. Not just Basketball players but people, in general, they will be missed.
Coach Dean Smith manned the sidelines in Chapel Hill from 1961-1997 and produced National Champions in 1982 and 1993. Coach Smith graduated from Kansas University, where he was a member of the 1952 Championship team that was coached by the famous Phog Allen. Allen himself was coached by the inventor of NCAA Basketball Betting Predictions James Naismith. Coach Smith was one of the most prominent Democrats in North Carolina politics and promoted desegregation in the Tar Heel State. Smith brought in the first African American player to the program in 1967. Coach Smith’s off the court accomplishments met with both skepticism and applause. Dean Smith was the master of the famous four corners offense before the shot clock came into play. Smith would use crafty Point Guards such as Phil Ford and John Kuester to frustrate opponents by playing keep away. Smith 1982 team featured future NBA stars Michael Jordan, James Worthy, and Sam Perkins; it was probably his most talented team. Eleven years later the Tar Heels cut down the nets again with a thrilling win at the Superdome over the “FAB FIVE” and the University of Michigan. The University of North Carolina Basketball Arena is the Smith Center. Smith also has a long coaching tree, including current UNC Head Coach Roy Williams, Current Sacramento Kings Headman George Karl and SMU Head Coach Larry Brown, all legends in their right.
Tarkanian, an Ohio native spent most of his career UNLV, leading them four times to the Final Four of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. The 1990 Runnin Rebels team won it all and may go down as one of the best in College Basketball history. Larry Johnson, Stacy Augmon, Greg Anthony were all top draft picks. Anderson Hunt was also a member of that team. “TARK” also manned the sidelines at Long Beach State, Pasadena City College, Fresno State and a short stint with the NBA San Antonio Spurs. The controversial Tarkanian was alway’s at odds with the NCAA and usually won. His battles with the powerful organization ultimately led to his downfall in Las Vegas with player taken pictures with and hanging around know gambling felons. Tarkanian still didn;t go away easy, but it was too much to overcome. Coach Tarkanian give underprivileged student-athletes second chances to turn their lives around, that is what he will be known for over anything on the court.