Reaching the Summitt

(AP Photo/Wade Payne)

(AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Summit: (Noun) The topmost level attainable.

I couldn’t sum-mitt up any better than that.

I won’t normally hit on Lady Vols sports in this blog, but there all always exceptions, and tonight might count as the biggest exception of all.

After defeating the Georgia Lady Dawgs 73-43, Pat Summitt became the first D-I basketball coach (men’s or women’s)  to reach the unbelievable mark of 1,000 career wins.  A number so large, it’s hard to grasp.

Of all the coaches to ever grace the campus of the University of Tennessee, she is the greatest (Yes, even better than General Neyland).  Thirty-four years, eight national championships and fourteen SEC championships earns you that right.  She has a career record of 1000-187 (.842) and has been awarded NCAA Coach of the Year seven times. Even more impressive than that might be the fact that each one of Coach Summitt’s players during her 34-year career has graduated. She changed the face of women’s basketball forever, and has shown countless young girls what hard work and determination can bring you.

Congratulations Coach Summitt.  Enjoy the view from the top.

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~ by drewbd on 02.06.2009.

One Response to “Reaching the Summitt”

  1. You know, I really feel sorry for whomever ends up succeeding Pat Summitt. They have almost no chance of lasting success with the fans since no one will EVER replicate her winning tradition. An almost impossible act to follow.

    My gut tells me that UT will wisely select a longtime assistant (most likely Warlick) who no one can criticize since they were part of Pat’s dynasty to simply give a little cushion between Summitt and the next new coach much like UNC did with Bill Guthridge after Dean Smith retired.

    The other problem is that Pat has won so much for so long that many people really take it for granted. This sort of thing is not easy, but we almost expect it as a matter of course.

    There will never be another one like Pat Summitt!

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