Valvano's message lives on in Classic

A little hope will go a long, long way. Jim Valvano knew that. The late former North Carolina State head coach and ESPN analyst even had a saying for it he developed as his final days dwindled before his very eyes.

"Don't give up, don't ever give up."

The NCAA will honor Valvano this week with its ninth annual Jimmy V. Basketball Classic and will finally do so in the inspirational coach's hometown of New York City.

Put aside his 346-212 lifetime coaching record in 19 seasons. It's not important that he made eight appearances in the NCAA tournament or was named Atlantic Coach Conference Coach of the Year twice. It doesn't even matter that he orchestrated one of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament history when his NC State Wolfpack upset Houston to take the national title in 1983. Read complete article...

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