RIP: Roscoe Nance, former USA Today soccer reporter

Roscoe Nance, a sports reporter for USA Today as the U.S. men's and women's national teams took off in the late 1980s and early 1990s, died on Thursday at the age of 71 at his home in Herndon, Virginia.

Nance was a graduate of Tuskegee University and worked as a reporter for the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, before joining USA Today.

As a national newpaper, USA Today was influential in giving coverage to soccer that it previously lacked in the media.

Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney and Nance were the only U.S. reporters to cover the inaugural Women's World Cup in China in 1991 when the USA captured the first of its four world titles. Nance would later cover the NBA for 15 seasons for USA Today before leaving the paper in 2007.

In retirement, he continued to write about sports, covering for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for its Web site. His last story, about North Carolina A&T’s football team, was published less than three weeks ago.

Nance was inducted into the Southwestern Athletic Conference's Hall of Fame in 2015.
1 comment about "RIP: Roscoe Nance, former USA Today soccer reporter".
  1. Wayne Colasinski, January 10, 2020 at 3:21 p.m.

    I remember him as one of the few national writers that covered soccer at that time (late 80's). I used to buy USA Today for that very reason, hoping Mr. Nance would have written a column regarding the National team or current American soccer goings-on. Writing about US soccer must have been a thankless job in those days. Well done and RIP Roscoe. 

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