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Former UNC Coach Bill Guthridge Has Passed Away

Bill Guthridge, former North Carolina head coach, passed away Tuesday night, Inside Carolina is reporting. Guthridge, who served for 30 years as legendary coach Dean Smith's assistant before taking the reigns for three years, was 77 years old. In his three seasons at the helm, UNC reached two Final Fours.

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Guthridge's health had been declining in recent years. In a report by The News & Observer, Guthridge's wife Leesie detailed her husband's struggles with both amyloids of the heart and vascular dementia. The cause of death has not yet been released.

Guthridge finished with an 80-28 head coaching record, and won two national titles as Smith's assistant. Smith passed away just this past February.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Guthridge's family and friends.