Former North Carolina coach Dean Smith didn’t make the trip to Detroit, but he liked what he saw the Tar Heels do from afar Monday night.
“That was sensational, a good start and a good ending,’’ said an excited Smith, who watched the national championship game on television from his home in Chapel Hill.
“It was the national championship. Tyler [Hansbrough], he was jumping up and down. That’s why they [several key players] came back.”
In a post-game interview on CBS, Tar Heel coach Roy Williams sent a message to Smith, who also won two national titles before retiring.
“I hope you are watching, hope you are enjoying this moment,’’ Williams said to his legendry mentor and former boss.
Smith might not have joined the celebrating crowd on Frankilin Street, but he enjoyed seeing the Tar Heels claim its fifth NCAA title.