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Legendary College Coach Who Passed Away in February Left Behind Special Gift to His Former Players

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“Each player was important and special to Coach Smith..."

North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith passed away in February, but left behind a gift to all his former players.

“Each player was important and special to Coach Smith,” a letter to the players read, “and when he prepped his estate plan, Coach wanted to reach out to each of his letterman.”

The letter continued, saying Smith had allocated $200 in his will to each of the players he coached to “enjoy a dinner out.”

Each player was provided a check to carry out the coach’s wishes.

ESPN’s Darren Rovell estimated the gesture cost him about $36,000.

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