When he retired, legendary coach Dean Smith was the winningest coach in college basketball history.
He has received four national Coach of the Year awards, named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated and enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
But some of his admirers want to add one more honor to his long list — the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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To sign the petition, visit: http://1.usa.gov/Xq02vZ
The petition closes Feb. 16.
The White House website allows users to write their own petitions, one of which asks President Obama to award Smith the highest civilian honor in the U.S.
The petition, authored by user “J.L.” from Austin, Texas, says that Smith, 81, should be awarded the medal for his career — with two national championships and one Olympic gold medal, as well as being “a courageous voice for integration and racial equality, at a time when that was neither easy nor safe for a coach at a Southern college to do.”