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Legendary UNC coach wills ex-players $200 each

Former North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Dean Smith attends a halftime ceremony honoring ACC legends at the Virginia Tech Hokies and Tar Heels game, March 15, 2008, in Charlotte, N.C.
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Former North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Dean Smith attends a halftime ceremony honoring ACC legends at the Virginia Tech Hokies and Tar Heels game, March 15, 2008, in Charlotte, N.C.

Past University of North Carolina basketball players are enjoying a special meal thanks to a unique gesture by the late UNC Coach Dean Smith.

Smith, who coached Tarheels basketball for 36 years, left $200 in his will to each player who lettered under him, Sports Illustrated reports. The coach suggested the money be put toward a dinner out, according to the article.

Smith died Feb. 7 in his home. Sports and business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted that UNC center Serge Zwikker "teared up" when he opened the $200 check.

Read more from Sports Illustrated here.

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