Dean Smith is still giving to his North Carolina players – even after his death. Tim Breedlove, the Charlotte-based trustee of the trust that bears the late coach’s name, said Thursday that letters were sent earlier this month to each of the players who lettered for Smith’s Tar Heel teams – about 180 in all. The letter says Smith directed that following his death, each letterman was to be sent a $200 check with the message “enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith.” The checks were attached to the letters. The Hall of Fame coach died Feb. 7 at age 83, and a memorial service two weeks later at the campus arena that bears his name drew about 10,000 people with lines snaking around the building more than an hour before fans could enter. Smith spent 36 seasons with the Tar Heels. – AP
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