Smith's success made it easier for all of those coaches to flourish. More than any other coach, player or administrator, Smith pulled the ACC through the scandal backwash and kept the league on the national stage during UCLA's dominance. His presence turned the league into a recruiting lure.
LINK: The case for Dean Smith
Staff writer Ned Barnett, however, makes the cast for Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.
LINK: The case for Coach K