COLUMBIA — A new ESPN video features Columbia native and NASCAR driver Carl Edwards discussing his Missouri fandom as well as his stepfather, Missouri School of Journalism professor Jim Sterling.
The video, titled "SEC Storied: The Stars are Aligned - Carl Edwards," was posted on ESPN.com Monday night. The network is running similar videos for every Southeastern Conference team in preparation of the SEC Network this Thursday. Each university has its own celebrity fan.
Sterling was a fixture when Missouri basketball played in the Hearnes Center. He waved a black and gold scarf from his seat near the basket while opposing players took free throws in the hope of distracting them.
"I wanted it to be a rowdy place where people had trouble playing," Sterling said.
Sterling ended his scarf-waving days when the team began playing at Mizzou Arena in 2004 but still considers himself a huge Tigers fan. Edwards called his stepfather "the biggest Mizzou fan on Earth" in the video.