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Thoughts On Kay Yow

Both Maryland's Gary Williams and Duke's Mike Krzyzewksi offered their thoughts on yesterday's passing of longtime N.C. State women's basketball coach Kay Yow, who died at age 66 after battling breast cancer for more than two decades. Kay's sister, Debbie, is Maryland's athletic director.

Krzyzewski:

"Over the years, I've had a lot of time to interact with her through the V Foundation. The great thing about her is that she had he courage to fight her battle in public, and as a result she not only fought for herself, but for everybody that has cancer, will have cancer, and for the families who are involved. She created an amazing awareness or that fight and set such a good example, especially in this area with Jimmy (Valvano) as a male and for Kay to do that, I don't think any area of the country has brought an awareness to the fight against cancer like this one. God bless her -- whether they're at (N.C.) State, Carolina, Wake, Duke, wherever -- we've got some good people."

Williams:

"I heard this morning. I had the television on in my room and I heard that there. I knew Kay pretty well. Obviously, her sister is the athletic director at Maryland. But I knew Kay before I came to Maryland. You met her in a lot of clinics and things like that. In other words, she was always out there. You saw her in basketball a lot of times there are men's and women's coaches who speak at the clinics and Kay was always there. She was great. Talked a lot of basketball, Vavano and the whole thing. She was a great lady, but she was a very good coach. She tried to make it a better game."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 25, 2009; 4:05 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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