University of Kansas

KU associate AD Scott Ward shows some progress after surgery to repair torn aorta

Scott Ward (right, in a 2009 file photo), Kansas’ associate athletic director for academic and career counseling who had emergency surgery on Friday night, has made some progress while being treated in intensive care, friends and family said Sunday.
Scott Ward (right, in a 2009 file photo), Kansas’ associate athletic director for academic and career counseling who had emergency surgery on Friday night, has made some progress while being treated in intensive care, friends and family said Sunday. jtoyoshiba@kcstar.com

Robin Ward wrote a powerful, promising message on Facebook on Sunday afternoon concerning her husband, Scott, Kansas’ associate athletic director for academic and career counseling who had emergency surgery on Friday night at the University of Kansas Hospital.

“Today is a good good day #rootforscoot,” was the report, which received 312 “likes” by 7 p.m.

Indeed, KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said that Ward, who suffered a tear in his aorta Friday, had made some progress while being treated in intensive care.

“Scooter is sleepy, but when awake he is occasionally opening his eyes and responding to comments,” Marchiony said in a text message Sunday night from the hospital. “Breathing on his own now. Seems to be aware of his surroundings, occasionally following commands and making purposeful responses with his head and eyes. Blood pressure and respiration rates are good. His surgeon is very pleased with the progress Scooter is making,” Marchiony added.

Visitors on Sunday included KU basketball coach Bill Self, former KU guard Tyrel Reed and volleyball coach Ray Bechard.

Reed had this to say on Facebook regarding Ward, who is charge of academics for KU men’s basketball and volleyball:

“This man, Dr. Scott Ward a.k.a. ‘Scoot’ has been on my mind and in my prayers since the news we heard yesterday. With the outpouring of support, well wishes, and prayers he has received I just felt the need to let others know what he means to myself and so many people around this community. ‘Scoot’ is the definition of a STUD and the type of man I aspire to be. In the multiple years I have known him I have never once heard him complain, have a poor attitude, or even have a bad day when I come to think about it. He is always looking for ways that he can help or make something easier for somebody else. However, in all honesty, he has it tougher than anyone else but would never let you know it (paralyzed from neck down following accident in 1986). ‘Scoot’ has influenced myself and so many student athletes to become more than just basketball or volleyball players. He has taught us to treat everyone with respect and integrity, give more than you take, and most importantly never take no for an answer ‘even when dealt a bad hand.’ Jayhawks have always been and will always be fighters and ‘Scoot’ epitomizes that same spirit. Please take the time to say a prayer for him and his amazing wife Robin. Tough times don’t last but tough people do.”

Support has been expressed for Ward on social media sites Facebook and Twitter.

“Today I am happy I have a friend who is fighting. He has countless friends and family members praying for him. #rootforscoot,” former KU forward Scot Pollard wrote on Facebook on Sunday.

Former KU guard Brett Ballard, now an assistant coach at Wake Forest wrote on Twitter: “Jayhawk nation let’s rally our prayers and support around the Wards. Scooter is a tremendous person & good friend.”

Former KU assistant basketball coach Kyle Keller, now head coach at Stephen F. Austin wrote on Twitter: “Thoughts and prayers go out to the Ward family. This man is a difference maker in people’s lives!”

Three former KU players on the Minnesota Timberwolves spoke about Ward after Saturday’s shootaround in Sprint Center.

“It’s sad. Your heart breaks a little. He’s an unbelievable guy,” said center Cole Aldrich. … “He’ll have a little mountain to climb. He knows he has a lot of people supporting him and helping him through that climb.” 

“I put it in God’s hands and pray, hope for the best,” said guard Andrew Wiggins.

“Brady (Morningstar, former KU guard) told me about it when it happened. The way Brady made it sound, he’ll pull through and everything will be OK,” noted guard Brandon Rush.

Gary Bedore: 816-234-4068, @garybedore

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