Letter: Dean Smith facing memory problems

UNC's junior varsity team playing a game in the Dean E. Smith Center (AP)

July 17, 2010 4:26:55 PM PDT
There are new details on the health of former UNC basketball coach Dean Smith.His family sent a letter to former players and coaches today - saying the 79-year-old hall-of-famer is dealing with memory loss.

Smith has kept a low profile since retiring, but that has not stopped fans from keeping him on their minds.

In a letter obtained by Eyewitness News, Smith's family said, "Our dad is almost eighty-years-old, so it's expected that he might show signs of aging. Our dad may not remember quite like he used to."

It goes on to say, "He still remembers the words of a hymn ro a jazz standard. He still attends some sporting events."

But it also notes, "He has difficulty traveling long distances to see the Heels on the road, but he insists on watching all Carolina basketball games on television and cheers as hard as he can for Coach Williams and the team."

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