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Sadness Along Tobacco Road

Kay Yow, longtime North Carolina State women's basketball coach and sister of Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow, passed away this morning at age 66. Yow, a member of the Hall of Fame, died after a nearly two decade battle with breast cancer.

Yow was diagnosed with the cancer in 1987 but continued to coach until stepping away earlier this season. She had been staying in a hospital since last week.

Terps Insider sends condolences out to Yow's family, as well as to those in and around the N.C. State athetlic program. Yow won more than 700 games with the Wolfpack, coach the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal in 1988 and reached the Final Four in 1998. She also avidly raised awareness of breast cancer and urged funding to find a cure while fighting the disease.

By Steve Yanda  |  January 24, 2009; 9:28 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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As an ACC and women's basketball fan, I'm deeply saddened by the loss of Kay Yow. She had battled this disease so long that you almost felt she was impervious.

A testament to the gracious manner she lived, it seems everyone can relate their own personal story about how she has touched their lives in some way.

I remember attending the Women's ACC Basketball tournament in Greensboro two years ago, where she led NC State to an upset over heavily-favored North Carolina.

At the tournament, I personally witnessed so many people emotionally touched and inspired by the way she courageously confronted her condition.

How you confront the tsunami wall of adversity in life speaks tomes to a person's true greatness. Her life reflected a light of courage and faith to innumerable people.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | January 24, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

This indeed was sad news. My wife is battling the same problem and is making great progress. This news, however, is quite a setback.

Posted by: fellowfan | January 24, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

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