Dean Smith's trust sends $200 checks to his UNC lettermen
CHAPEL HILL, NC - 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 who died Feb. 7 at age 83 spent 36 seasons with the Tar Heels and retired in 1997 as the winningest men's coach in Division I history with 897 career victories.
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