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UNC Coach Leaves $200 to Each Player in His Will

The late Dean Smith wants them to go out to dinner, on him
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2015 2:47 PM CDT
A 1997 photo of Dean Smith.   (AP Photo/Bob Jordan, File)
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(Newser) – Before longtime North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith died last month, he made an unusual arrangement in his will: All of his former players are getting $200 to go out to dinner, reports ESPN. The letter to one such player, Dante Calabria, surfaced today on Twitter. "Enjoy a dinner out, compliments of Coach Dean Smith," it reads. The check is enclosed. FoxSports reports that Smith sent letters to about 175 ex-players, meaning he shelled out about $35,000. "It put a tear in my eye," says former team member Serge Zwikker. "Even after he passed, he was still all about his players." (Read more Dean Smith stories.)

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