CHAPEL HILL – Carolina basketball coaching legend Dean Smith has been selected receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The UNC patriarch will be awarded the medal alongside baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks at a time and date to be announced by the White House.

President Obama is a self-described “sucker” for the Tar Heels, and this is a special way to honor the deserving coach and humanitarian for all he has meant to the sport and the country.

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