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Dean Smith won't attend Medal of Freedom ceremony

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - The wife of former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith says he will not attend the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House next week.

In an interview with WNCN in Raleigh (http://bit.ly/1e69H6l), Dr. Linnea Smith said efforts under way to figure out how to get him to the presentation on Nov. 20, but she added that traveling is hard for Smith and "it's just really something beyond his ability right now."

It was in 2010 that the family revealed that Smith is suffering from a "progressive neurocognitive disorder that affects his memory."

Smith, who led the Tar Heels to two national championships and is in the Basketball Hall of Fame, will be represented by his long-time coaching assistant, Bill Guthridge, and current UNC coach Roy Williams.

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