"Dean Smith made basketball a religion in our family, rivaled only by Presbyterianism, barbecue and the Democratic Party. Indeed, our dream scenario went something like this: Dean beats our archrival Duke and its coach, the detested Mike Krzyzewski, for the national championship in April, then runs for the Senate and whips the evil Jesse Helms in November! Then we all eat barbecue. Then we go to church to thank God for sending us this wry Kansan to make the state safe for hoops and liberals. Now, sadly, this will never happen."
Will Blythe, on the retirement of Dean Smith in 1997, writing in the New York Times.