Tom Crean offers condolences after Stuart Scott’s death #iubb

Tom Crean did not begin his Sunday afternoon press conference recapping Wednesday’s win at Nebraska, nor was he quite ready to look ahead to Monday’s game at Michigan State.

Rather, the IU coach started by offering his condolences to the family and friends of longtime ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, who died Sunday morning after a long battle with cancer. He was 49.

“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.”

Scott was diagnosed with appendiceal cancer in 2007, battling the disease off and on over the last seven years. At the ESPY award show in July, Scott told the crowd and the television audience, “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.”

Crean said those words struck a deep meaning with him, and that he expects that speech will live on for years to come.

“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.

You can view Scott’s ESPY speech below:

One comment

Comments are closed.