As he recalled the funniest moment — well, it's funny now — that came during his 36-year career as a respected college basketball official, Ed Hightower remained thankful Norm Stewart wasn't there when No. 5 Oklahoma hosted No. 3 Missouri on Feb. 9, 1989.
Walking off Norm Stewart Court, Kevin Puryear tugged on the white towel draped over his head. Like the fans that braved the slippery streets of Columbia on this night, the junior forward was upset.
And angry. And ashamed.
Missouri (18-10, 8-7 SEC) was supposed to beat Ole Miss (12-16, 5-10) on Tuesday. It was supposed to score another Southeastern Conference victory and résumé-booster. Neither happened.
Instead, the Rebels took it to the Tigers and pulled out a 90-87 victory in overtime.
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Days after he’d scored 28 points — a game high, team high and career high — back in December against Green Bay, Jordan Geist shed a sly smile as he overlooked Norm Stewart Court.
At the time, the junior guard had logged the most minutes of any Missouri point guard. He still has, and now, after Friday’s news, he’ll likely continue to do so.
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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH • The first two games of the Cuonzo Martin era looked easy for Missouri. The Tigers wiped Iowa State and Wagner off Norm Stewart Court, never trailing in either game.
As Mizzou learned long before Martin took over the program, life isn’t so easy on the road.
In their only nonconference game on an opponent’s home floor, the Tigers quickly fell behind Thursday against a veteran Utah team and extended their road losing streak to 36 games with a 77-59 defeat.
COLUMBIA, MO. • Hours before the most anticipated season in years tips off, Missouri basketball’s living legends gathered outside Mizzou Arena to honor the man they called Coach as the school unveiled Norm Stewart’s statue Friday afternoon.
The bronze statue features Stewart pointing with his right hand, index finger extended, probably in the direction of an official, Stewart later joked.
Stewart, who helped uncover the statue with his wife Virginia was touched by the moment.
Ex-Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart statue unveiled
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Former longtime Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart made sure while unveiling a statue of himself on campus to give plenty of credit.
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — For Cuonzo Martin, even as he watched from 2,000 miles away in California, the 2015 protests on the University of Missouri campus had a personal connection.
Martin's parents were born in St. Louis, and he was raised just across the Mississippi River in East St. Louis, Illinois — two hours away from the campus in Columbia. Even when he attended and played basketball at Purdue, where his collegiate coaching career later began, Martin paid special attention to the Tigers.
Missouri to erect statue honoring Norm Stewart
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Former longtime Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart will be honored with a statue outside Mizzou Arena.
The Board of Curators on Tuesday voted to authorize the statue of Stewart, who coached at Missouri for 32 seasons.
COLUMBIA, MO. • Kevin Puryear has waited more than two years for the kind of reception that greeted the Missouri basketball teams Saturday at Mizzou Arena. While his teammates were introduced one at a time before the Mizzou Madness preseason showcase on Norm Stewart Court, Puryear soaked in the atmosphere he’s rarely experienced since joining the program.
Longtime Mizzou basketball radio analyst Gary Link has been taken off the team's broadcast crew and is no longer employed with the athletics department, MU confirmed Thursday.
"Gary Link has been relieved of his duties with Mizzou Athletics, however, it would be inappropriate to comment further on a personnel matter," department spokesman Nick Joos said in an email. "The athletic department will work with Mizzou Sports Properties to identify a replacement on our radio broadcasts moving forward."
Sean Weatherspoon, who arrived at Mizzou as an unknown two-star recruit and departed as a beloved team captain who totaled 400-plus tackles for a football team that won 38 games and made four bowl appearances between 2006-09, started reminiscing about ... basketball.
As Norm Stewart Court finally started to clear Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena, the six-year NFL veteran said what everybody who attended the Laurence Bowers/DeMarre Carroll charity alumni game had been thinking.
Kim Anderson was never quite embraced by most Missouri fans, even after starring for the Tigers in the 1970s and serving two stints as an assistant to beloved coach Norm Stewart.
His won-loss record may have had a lot to do with that.