UNC fans hold 'STU' signs to honor Stuart Scott during moment of silence
The moment of silence was shown live on SportsCenter at 6:55 p.m. ET, the show on which Scott made his name as a broadcaster the past two decades. North Carolina is also wearing a special patch in honor of Scott.
Scott died Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 49.
The gregarious broadcaster graduated from North Carolina in 1987 and made no secret of his support for the school, especially its basketball team, over the course of his career. He hosted the team's annual kickoff event, "Late Night With Roy," multiple times over the last decade.
Before the North Carolina women's team's game on Sunday, head coach Sylvia Hatchell, herself a cancer survivor, remembered Scott in her pregame speech:
In a statement released Sunday, the North Carolina athletic department also spoke fondly of Scott:
He loved his home state and his alma mater. Stuart taught us that sports is about joy and laughter, not just achievement and results. More important, he showed us how to fight with dignity and honor. He blazed a path in broadcasting that is often imitated, but never duplicated. His legacy will live on in many ways – as a friend, a son, a father, a professional and forever, a Tar Heel.
Various NFL and NBA teams held moments of silence in honor of Scott on Sunday, and thoughts and condolences came in from across the sports world all day long.
Scott is survived by his two daughters, his parents, his three siblings and his girlfriend.
- Ben Estes