As a sprinter at the University of Texas from 1952-1954, Dean Smith won seven Southwest Conference track championships. He won conference titles in the 100 and 220 and also ran on three winning 440- yard relay teams. Smith was also a halfback on the Longhorns' 1952 SWC championship football team. He won an Olympic gold medal as the first leg of the 440-yard relay team at the 1952 Olympic Games. Ironically, he is best remembered for being victimized in the controversial 100 yard dash at Helsinki.