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It's More Than Just Winning!


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Book Highlights:

  • Basketball Stories
  • Amusing Anecdotes
  • Importance of Character

Team Accomplishments:

  • 1960 Southern Conference Championship
  • 1960 Southern Conference Tournament Finalist (Lost to WVU, the 1959 NCAA Runner-up)
  • Virginia State Record For Most Consecutive Home Wins (41 Total with 26 in War Memorial)
  • Highest AP Mid-Season Ranking of any Virginia Tech Basketball Team (17th in 1960) until 1985
  • Dell ranked Virginia Tech 15th in their 1960-1961 Preseason Ranking
  • Our team success was critical in promoting the construction of Cassell Coliseum

Individual Accomplishments:

  • 1957-1958 Honorable Mention All-Southern Conference
  • !958-1959 First Team All-Southern Conference
  • 1959-1960 First Team All-Southern Conference (Unanimous Selection),
  • 1960-1961 First Team All-Southern Conference (Team Captain)
  • 1958 Runner-up Most Valuable Player Gulf-South Classic Tournament
  • 1959 Most Valuable Player Watauga Invitational Tournament
  • 1960 Most Valuable Player Televised Virginia Tech/Navy Game @ Annapolis, MD
  • 1960 Southern Conference Tournament Rebound Records for single game (28) and three games (71)
  • 1960 Runner-up Most Valuable Player Southern Conference Tournament (Jerry West MVP)
  • 1960 Converse Second Team All-American
  • 1960-1961 Dell Crystal Ball All-American
  • 1960 Most Valuable Player Birmingham Classic Tournament
  • Virginia State Career Rebound Record (17.1 Rebounds Per Game)
  • Virginia State Single Season Rebound Record (20.4 Rebounds Per Game)
  • 24th best All-time NCAA Division 1 Career Rebounder (1503 total)
  • 1961 Most Valuable Player Portsmouth Invitational Tournament
  • 1961 Charleston Sportsman Tournament All-Tourney Team with professionals Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, and Arlen Bockhorn along with first round draft choice Cleo Hill
  • 1961 14th overall draft choice selection by the Syracuse Nationals
  • 1964 invitation by LA Lakers to participate in tryouts
  • 1965 Selection to the All-time Gulf-South Classic Tournament Team
  • 1982 Selection as the first basketball player inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall-of-Fame
  • 2006 printing of 500+ page basketball autobiography, It's More Than Just Winning!
  • 2008 Selection by College Basketball Reference as a first team member of the VT All-Time Team
  • 2010 Selection by VT as an ACC-Legend
  • 2010 Selection by ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia as best basketball player in VT history

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Sports Writer Testimonials

Bill Brill of the Roanoke Times newspaper reported, “Big Chris Smith, playing a great game off the boards and, shooting like a man possessed, led Virginia Tech to a 93 to 80 revenge victory over Marshall….  Smith was the difference in the game as he enabled Tech to gain mastery over the boards.  Many of Smith’s points came on rebounds of missed shots and free throws.  In the second half, Smith made all eight of his floor tries on his way to a 14 for 21 night.”  He had 30 points and 31 rebounds for the game.

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Reader Testimonials

Barbara Noe (Coach Noe’s Wife):  “He spoke of you so often... to me… and others… and I heard him again today as I flipped through your wonderful book… which left me laughing, loving, and crying.  Thank you, Chris… for all you were to Chuck and for remembering him in It’s More Than Just winning!”

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