Norm Stewart Statue ready for Friday's reveal

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The Norm Stewart statue outside Mizzou Arena was up Thursday, draped in tarps awaiting its unveiling at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The ceremony will occur at Walsworth Plaza before the Missouri men’s basketball season opener at 8 p.m. Friday against Iowa State.

Stewart is an MU graduate and was on both the Missouri basketball and baseball teams.

He coached basketball at MU for 32 seasons, accumulating 634 wins. He directed the team through eight Big Eight conference championships, six tournament titles and two Elite Eight appearances in the NCAA tournament before retiring in 1999. He was also the head coach at Northern Iowa University for six seasons.

“I mean, he deserves it,” Missouri basketball coach Cuonzo Martin said after the statue was approved. “The guy is a legend. He’s a funny guy, too, but he deserves it. He put in a lot of work and put this program on the map.”

Stewart is also the only person in MU history to be inducted into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame as both a coach and student-athlete.

The UM System Board of Curators voted unanimously to approve the $196,000 statue Oct. 31.

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