Smith Barrier, a University of North Carolina graduate, was a sportswriter and the Executive Sports Editor for the Greensboro Daily News and Greensboro Daily Record (now Greensboro News and Record) from 1941 to 1980. His career spanned four decades and included coverage of the Southern Conference from 1941 to 1953 and the Atlantic Coast Conference from 1954 to 1988. In addition to writing several books on North Carolina sports history, he also served as President of the Atlantic Coast Conference Sportswriters Association. Barrier covered the Final Four for 30 years from 1957 to 1987, and was influential in the decision-making process to bring the 1974 Final Four to Greensboro. Barrier was a charter inductee of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame and served as the organization’s president from 1970 to 1971. In 1980, Barrier was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.