RALEIGH -- Even at a time where competitive spirits are at their highest, a local college student proved its possible to truly respect your opponent.
NC State junior Rob McLamb shared his admiration for Tar Heel legend Dean Smith just ahead of the two schools' matchup Saturday night.
McLamb published the article, "A Prayer for Dean Smith," in the school's student newspaper Friday. He wanted Smith to know that he has the respect of, not only Tar Heel faithful, but basketball fans across the country.
Read: "A Prayer for Dean Smith"
Smith, now 81, has made fewer public appearances as his memory continues to fade, but the article proves his influence won't ever do the same.
McLamb's article has received praise from fans on many forums, including those used by NC State fans.