Dean Smith Endorses Obama

Barack Obama received support today from one of North Carolina's living legends -- Coach Dean Smith.

In an e-mail sent to the Democratic presidential candidate's supporters, the retired UNC head basketball coach called Obama "a patriotic American, a committed Christian, a good family man, and a man who shares the bedrock values that most North Carolinians have in common".

Smith and his wife, Linnea, say the United State is in a critical juncture and that Obama is the right change in direction.

Smith retired in 1997 after leading UNC to two national championships. He previously had supported John Edwards for president.


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  • by Kevin Location: Washington on Oct 24, 2008 at 09:54 PM
    This is no suprise,who cares about Deano?,much less Obama?We need to see if he is a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN first and foremost!! It's funny how the networks have not "swarmed" on this news,yet they are worried about what Palin is wearing? Get a grip people!!! WAKE UP!!!
  • by Kevin Location: Washington on Oct 22, 2008 at 06:23 AM
    Why is this news? Who cares who Dean Smith endorses in politics. Dean Smith was a great basketball coach, how that correlates to presidential politics I'll never know. He also endorsed Matt Daugherty for UNC basketball coach several years ago. How'd that work out, Dean? It just goes to show that even the mighty Dean Smith doesn't always use the best judgement.
  • by Kathryn Location: 27858 on Oct 22, 2008 at 04:31 AM
    Why is anyone surprised that Dean is voting democrat? Chapel Hill is one of the most liberal schools in our state. I could have called this, easily. Also, just because he is voting for Obama does not mean he is a bad person or bad coach. I am a republican and I love Dean for his accomplishments on the court, not for his opinion on politics.
  • by David Location: ROPER on Oct 18, 2008 at 08:14 AM
    I thought Dean Smith Had better sense Than that.I have Been a Carolina Fan Since 1974.Obaama Does not kow are how to run the country.Bad choice Dean.
  • by UNC TRUE Location: VIRGINIA on Oct 18, 2008 at 06:51 AM
    HEY C, YOU COULD NOT HAVE SAID IT BETTER! OBAMA IS LOST AND HE IS CONVINCING THE WORLD TO FOLLOW HIM TO NO WHERE! ARE YOU PEOPLE CRAZY? OUR PRESIDENT WITH A MUSLIM BACKGROUND? WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR PRESIDENT HAVING PATRIOTISM AND BEING A TRUE AMERICAN CHRISTIAN? OBAMA? HAS NO IDEA! MCCAIN WAS THERE AND HE KNOWS WHAT IT MEANS TO SERVE. HE HAS GOOD ETHICS AND MORALS. OBAMA? JUST KNOWLEDGE OF BEING MUSLIM!! HE HAS NO IDEA WHAT IT MEANS TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY. I LOVE DEAN SMITH, BUT WHO HE VOTES FOR DOES NOT CHANGE MY RESPECT FOR HIM OR MY MIND ABOUT A PRESIDENT WITH A MUSLIM BACKGROUND. IF MCCAIN HAD A MUSLIM BACKGROUND, THERE IS NO WAY I WOULD VOTE FOR HIM EITHER! READ THE BIBLE PEOPLE! THE BIBLE PREDICTED IT! OBAMA IS NOT RIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY, REGARDLESS IF HE IS A DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN!
  • by deadfish Location: nc on Oct 17, 2008 at 12:52 PM
    What is the purpose of his statement? Does he gain anything by mixing sports and politics? I don't care who he votes for. If I say I vote for X or Z nobody cares. That is because I am an average Joe. Mr. Smith is NOT an average Joe...
  • by Keith on Oct 15, 2008 at 07:58 PM
    $$$ McBush is a good sum of it all...lol.
  • by $$$ on Oct 15, 2008 at 07:44 PM
    Well McBush lost another one LMAO
  • by kinston Location: nc on Oct 15, 2008 at 04:56 PM
    Just two words...Go Duke!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2008 at 04:52 PM
    To true, Will you stop whining all the time.
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