Thad Williamson, an expert on sports and leadership, opines on former Carolina basketball coach and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dean Smith. Smith was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November.


Anyone who thinks this award is about basketball entirely misses the point. Dean Smith was a coaching icon, yes. The reason he is being honored today, however, is because he was a morally courageous.

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