Alumni to Hall of Fame

Stuart Scott ’87 and Curry Kirkpatrick ’65 were among four inducted this summer into the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame.

Scott, who died in 2015, was an ESPN sportscaster known for his catchphrases such as “Boo-Yah” and “as cool as the other side of the pillow” but mostly for his love of everything Carolina. Scott’s book, Every Day I Fight, is a memoir of family, sports and cancer, written with journalist Larry Platt.

Kirkpatrick, who lives in Hilton Head, S.C., was a writer for Sports Illustrated covering primarily college basketball and tennis. He wrote for Newsweek and ESPN the Magazine, and reported for CBS and ESPN. He retired in 2002. He co-wrote two autobiographies: N.C. State University basketball coach Jim Valvano’s They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead, and ESPN basketball sportscaster Dick Vitale’s Just Your Average Bald, One-Eyed Basketball Whacko Who Beat the Ziggy and Became a PTP’er. Kirkpatrick was a Daily Tar Heel reporter who decades later wrote an article after Coach Dean Smith’s death, in which he confessed that he couldn’t write a fully objective piece about the “wise, humble and marvelous man.”

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