Last month legendary basketball coach Dean Smith passed away. He coached the Tar Heels of UNC-Chapel Hill from 1961 to 1997 and when he retired he was the coach with the most wins of any in collegiate basketball history. He had two national titles to show for it. Along the way he coached about 184 players.
And every one of them is getting $200 to enjoy a nice dinner out.
From the story at Fox 8:
Each player who lettered under late North Carolina head men’s basketball coach Dean Smith is receiving a surprise gift from the coach himself: $200.My respect for this man continues to grow. Again, very classy.
Smith, who died last month, willed the money to each former player in his trust. Tim Breedlove, who wrote the letters to the players, confirmed the gift to SI.com on Thursday. The letter from Miller McNeish & Breedlove, PA, reads, “enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith.” The enclosed checks also included the notation, “Dinner out.”