staff, staff, February 8, 2015

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Legendary North Carolina men's basketball coach Dean Smith had no Big Ten ties, but his impact on the game is impossible to ignore.

The two-time national champion and coach of the Tar Heels from 1961-1997 died Saturday night at the age of 83.

The retired coach died "peacefully" at his North Carolina home, according to a statement from Smith's family on Sunday. He was with his wife and five children.

In addition to his accolades at North Carolina, Smith was also an Olympic gold medal winner (1976), basketball Hall of Famer and a Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree.

Several Big Ten coaches and teams took to Twitter to remember Smith.

See the tweets below.