Every varsity basketball letterman during Dean Smith’s coaching reign at UNC from 1961-97 is getting a letter with a check in it. From Michael Jordan to Phil Ford to James Worthy to Richard Vinroot, they all will receive the same $200.
Dean Smith left each of the varsity letterman he coached at North Carolina $200 for a “dinner out,” according to a letter one of his attorneys sent to his former players that was posted to Twitter on Thursday.
Mark Price, who signed a five-year contract to coach the Charlotte 49ers’ men’s basketball team, is thinking big. NCAA tournament big. “Things can change quickly,” he said Thursday. UNCC hasn’t been to the NCAA tournament since 2005.
It’s still strange to think this is an ACC game in an ACC city, with NC State and Louisville playing a regional semifinal in Syracuse, only the fourth time ACC teams have met in the NCAA tournament, but that’s the conference in 2015.
Gaston County’s Fish Camp Jam took place every October from 1992 - 2000 when it just ran out of steam. 60,000 visitors a year were lured (get it?) by catfish races, live music, fried flounder and hush puppies.