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Maryland basketball community mourns loss of Dean Smith

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The Maryland basketball family reflects on the passing of a basketball coaching legend.

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The basketball community lost an iconic, innovative and revolutionary coach Saturday evening, as the great Dean Smith passed away. Smith, who was 83, might be one of the most influential forces on the game, including his famous "four corner" offense that resulted in the implementation of the shot clock in college basketball.

After word came out this morning of Smith's passing, the Maryland community turned back to their ACC roots to remember the legendary coach who either knew, were influenced by or coached/played against Smith during his time at North Carolina.

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon reflected on Smith's passing and talked about how the former coach influenced his coaching career:

Maryland legend Len Elmore weighed in on Dean's passing:

Maryland alumnus and ESPN personality Scott Van Pelt reflected on Smith:

Former Maryland coaching great Lefty Driesell reflected on Dean, who he faced a number of times:

Rest in peace, Dean Smith.