So many people wanted to talk about Kay Yow in the days since her death, to tell stories about her coaching success and the courage she showed in her long fight against cancer.
Yet when the time came for her funeral, which she designed with care, North Carolina State's Hall of Fame coach decided not to ask a former player or a fellow coach to speak. Instead, she had a message for them.
"And now I say farewell," Yow said in a video played Friday to mourners gathered at a suburban Raleigh church. "And it's been a wonderful journey, especially since the time I accepted Jesus as my lord and savior."
In the 25-minute tape, Yow thanked the supporters who guided her through her fight against breast cancer and recounted with passion her deep Christian faith.
Yow's message highlighted a moving 90-minute service that drew more than 1,400 people, many of whom arrived early for a public viewing. Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, one of dozens of college coaches to attend, called Yow's taped message "amazing."
Yow won more than 700 games in her career and went on to lead the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team to the gold medal the year after she was first diagnosed with cancer in 1987.
Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma stopped by at the viewing before the funeral, while Summitt, Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer and Texas coach Gail Goestenkors - who coached at Duke for 15 seasons - attended the memorial service. Coaches from several ACC schools also attended, including North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell and Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie, who was joined by her Blue Devils players.
Others paying respects Friday included former N.C. State football coach Chuck Amato and current coach Tom O'Brien, and N.C. State alumnus and former NFL coach Bill Cowher. N.C. State men's basketball coach Sidney Lowe also attended with his players, who made the slow walk by Yow's open casket during the viewing.
NO. 19 VIRGINIA 89,
NO. 8 MARYLAND 81
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Lyndra Littles scored 30 points, Monica Wright had 28 and No. 19 Virginia rallied for a win against Maryland.
Aisha Mohammed added 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Cavaliers (17-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed by 13 in the second half but used a huge run to take command.
NO. 21 PITTSBURGH 86,
PITTSBURGH - Shavonte Zellous scored 31 points and No. 21 Pittsburgh won its fifth straight game.
Zellous, the leading scorer in the Big East, moved within 21 points of becoming Pitt's third 2,000-point scorer.
Butler Men Stop Valparaiso, 59-51
INDIANAPOLIS - Gordon Hayward scored 18 points, Willie Veasley had 13 and No. 13 Butler needed a spurt in the final six minutes to hold off Valparaiso 59-51.
Butler (19-1, 10-0) won its 11th in a row and matched the conference record with its 21st consecutive victory against a league foe.
MIAMI: Suspended guard Eddie Rios helped steal more than $6,000 in property from other students in at least two separate robberies on the Coral Gables campus.
Rios helped steal four laptops, two Xbox game consoles and a credit card among other items, the report said. He was arrested and booked Wednesday on two counts of burglarizing an unoccupied dwelling, and two counts of grand theft.