The news of the day has nothing to do with Indiana University, and yet it has drawn a huge response from everybody in the sports world.
ESPN anchor Stuart Scott passed away on Sunday at the age of 49. He had battled cancer three different times since 2007. Scott left an indelible mark on the world not only because of the way he approached his job at ESPN, but even more so because of the way he approached a terrible disease that touches us all.
Scott never quit. Refused to give up. He was truly an inspiration to us all.
Indiana coach Tom Crean opened his Sunday press conference by reacting to Scott's death.
“The sports world and the media world lost someone that was pretty talented, widely respected and well known by many in the sense of what he did professionally in Stuart Scott,” Crean said. “I don’t pretend to know him personally, other than to have met him a couple of times. I had great respect for him and how he went about his business — not only the entertainment value that he brought, but the knowledge value that he brought. So our sympathy is with his family, our empathy is with his family, all his colleagues and friends.”
In the midst of his tough battle with cancer, Scott received an ESPY, and he was able to be in attendance to accept it, despite being in bad shape during the week leading up to the event. Scott delivered a touching, memorable speech that promises to be played over and over again for years to come.
At the heart of Scott's speech: “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”
“That speech he gave at the ESPYs is capable of becoming the next version of what Jim Valvano’s speech was,” Crean said. “The Jim Valvano speech is one where people just stop what they’re doing when that comes on and it’s raised so much money for cancer awareness. I would imagine that Stuart’s words will mean much the same over the next few decades."
RIP, Stuart Scott. You will not be forgotten.