A statue reportedly will be added outside Mizzou Arena.
As reported by Power Mizzou’s Gabe DeArmond on Wednesday, Missouri is making plans and raising funds for a Norm Stewart statue outside the arena. This is a great move, given Stewart’s reputation as one of the most respected figures in Tigers basketball history.
DeArmond reports that the school seeks to have the statue installed close to the start of next season.
#Mizzou is planning and raising funds for a Norm Stewart statue outside Mizzou Arena. Hope to have it installed near start of hoops season.
— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) May 17, 2017
Stewart posted a 634-333 record from 1967-99 as Mizzou’s coach. Missouri became a mainstay in the NCAA Tournament under Stewart, appearing in the event each year from 1986-95 in addition to seven other appearances in March Madness under him.
The statue will be a fine addition to the atmosphere at Mizzou Arena, which should buzz with anticipation next season. The arrival of coach Cuonzo Martin, plus the coming contributions by top recruits Michael Porter Jr. and Jeremiah Tilmon will make Missouri one of the most interesting SEC teams to watch in the coming campaign.
Still, before moving into a new era for the program, this is a quality nod to its past. Well done, Missouri.