Today in sports history: Dean Smith will be at 877 | college basketball’s career winner archives after mailing

1997 – Dean Smith of North Carolina becomes the leader of career wins as the Tar Heels beat Colorado 73-56. Smith overtakes Kentucky’s coaching legend Adolph Rupp with 877 wins.

North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith celebrates with players Charlie McNairy, left, and Makhtar Ndiaye, right, after posting his record 877th win over Colorado during the NCAA East second round game at the Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC Saturday , March 15, 1997. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Updated: March 15, 2022 — 10:43 am

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