I remember the exact moment that I realized I wanted to study statistics. I was probably 11 or so, and I was looking over UNC’s season statistics when I figured out how to calculate per-game/half/quarter averages on my own. Thanks, Coach Smith.
By now, Dean Smith’s passing is old news to you. This is also what is sure to be a rare post about anything having to do with basketball, but I suppose I just want to say something about him from my perspective as a total outsider: I am not from North Carolina, and I did not attend the University of North Carolina.