CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith is
recovering from complications following knee replacement surgery
Smith, who led North Carolina to 879 victories and two NCAA
championships, turns 77 next month. Reached Saturday night by
telephone, Smith would only say he was doing fine, except for
top-ranked North Carolina's 82-80 loss to Maryland earlier in the
Linnea Smith said her husband's knee is "great," but that he
had "cardiological and neurological complications" after the Dec.
3 operation. He was discharged, readmitted for rehabilitation, then
discharged again Jan. 11.
Linnea Smith, a psychiatrist, would not give details about the
cardiological and neurological issues. She said her husband doesn't
want his medical matters publicized, nor does he want people to
make a big deal of his recovery.
"He's working on physical therapy; he's better, and he's
looking forward to playing golf again," she said, adding
that it would be spring before Smith could tee it up again.
Smith was more optimistic.
"Hope to play in a month or so," he said. "The weather should
be pretty by then."
Smith retired in 1997 after 36 seasons at North Carolina. He had
an 879-254 record and was Division I's all-time winningest coach
when he retired. Bob Knight of Texas Tech has since passed Smith's