When Jeff Lebo saw that Roy Williams was calling, he knew the North Carolina coach was not ringing him up to deliver good news.
After answering the phone early Sunday morning, Lebo listened as Williams told him that Dean Smith, the Tar Heels’ Hall of Fame basketball coach, had died on Saturday night at age 83.
Hearing that Smith passed away was not a surprise to those, like Lebo and many others in the UNC family, who had known about Smith’s deteriorating health in recent years. That knowledge didn’t do much to cushion the blow of learning the legendary coach, civil rights pioneer and father figure to hundreds of former Heels had taken his final breath.
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