December 4, 2012

Harris and Helms remember Coach Scott

Wake Forest commitments and Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton teammates Josh Harris and Cory Helms played with heavy hearts after finding out their offensive line coach of four years, Michael Scott, was diagnosed with Stage Four Pancreatic Cancer.

Scott died died Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10:30 PM after a courageous fight. Scott left behind his wife Mary Jane Scott and their six-year-old daughter Abby and three-year-old son Anthony. He was 36 years old, and was only 20 days away from his 37th birthday.

"They've [last few months] been extremely tough, because of our o-line coach, Coach Scott," Harris said. "We found out probably the sixth or seventh game of the season about it, and it was just really, really hard. We visited him every week. It was hard not to get down. We used it as motivation as a team. We knew he was always fighting, so we knew we had to do that for him, because football was his life, football and family. And he loved us, so it was extremely tough."

"We were very close. He's just a great man. He's the strongest man I know. He's had a huge impact on my life. Besides my parents I've probably been around him more than anybody just being my offensive line coach. He's just a great person. He loved our whole team, but especially our offensive line. It's just an honor to be able to play under him."

It is hard for Helms to talk about.

"He's just a huge inspiration," Helms said. "When we committed [to Wake] he was really proud of us. He was always talking about coming to the games. I know that he wants the best for us. He was not just a friend, but like a father figure, like family."

Helms will wear the number 51 at Wake Forest to honor Scott.

Scott's funeral service will be Thursday, Dec. 6 at 1:00 PM.

Mary Jane Scott posted on the Prayers for Coach Michael Scott Facebook page Saturday, Dec. 1: "My sweet bear, my best friend, Mike, was called home to be with the Lord around 10:30pm tonight. I had the honor of holding his hand and telling him that I loved him as he drew his last breath on Earth. Rest in the peace of Jesus, my darling, until we see each other again......." reported a fundraiser at has raised more than $54,000, and organizers have indicated a $100,000 goal to help Scott's family.

"Keep praying for him and his family," Harris said.

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