North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith during a news conference where he announced his retirement, in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Oct. 9, 1997.
Bob Jordan—AP
March 26, 2015 2:31 PM EDT

Late North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith, who died last month, willed his trust to send $200 to each player who lettered under him, Tim Breedlove, who wrote the letter, confirmed to

Smith died at 83 on Feb. 7 at his North Carolina home. He coached for 36 years at UNC, winning 879 games and two NCAA championships.

In the letter Smith’s former players received from Miller McNeish & Breedlove, PA, it was revealed that Smith requested each of his former players be sent a $200 check with the message, “enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith.” The enclosed checks also included the notation, “Dinner out.”

By SI‘s count, Smith coached 184 players from 1961 to 1997.

(H/t @ChestPassDemps)

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