by Sam Hieb
Coverage is overwhelming –N&R devoted pretty much all of today’s paper to the legendary coach. But the best tribute I’ve read came from none other Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski in Smith’s NYT obit:
“I can’t think of a time I’ve ever heard him blame or degrade one of his own players, and in return his kids are fiercely loyal to him,” Krzyzewski told Sports Illustrated in 2005, adding: “He had a style that no one’s ever going to copy. To be that smart, to be that psychologically aware, that good with X’s and O’s — with that system, and to always take the high road — that just isn’t going to happen again.”
Pretty much says it all.