If you can watch this with a dry eye, well, check for a pulse.
Over at KnoxViews, R. Neal links to a piece at Inside Tennessee raising the question whether Summitt was given no option but to step down. The piece is written by Maria M. Cornelius, a former colleague of mine. I can’t speak to the above question, but I can say while Maria was at the News Sentinel she was very highly regarded and respected. She was known as a tough and thorough journalist.
Maria concludes her interesting read, “What these coaches and every other staff on campus don’t need is Team Turmoil on the administrative side of athletics.
Perhaps Summitt can intervene. Or Cheek. Or the Board of Trustees. Or Hart.
Somebody needs to step up.”
I would be shocked if Summitt were fired, told not to come back, or however you want to characterize it. The PR and legal backlash to such a move would be monumental. One can easily infer that a lawyer is getting a bit carried away with the claim.
Chamique Holdsclaw: From cross-country trips, to magazine covers to HBO documentaries and the first three-peat championship in NCAA women’s basketball, we’ve had a wild ride. But off the court you did an even more amazing thing for me. You took a cocky girl from Queens who had been told all her life that she was “the star player” and you pushed me. You knew how to turn that competitive New Yorker in me into something special. You fueled me and so many other players to be the best we could be on and off the court.
After a storied 38-year career, Pat Summitt is stepping down as head coach of the Tennessee women’s basketball team to become a coach emeritus with the program. — More.
I’ve been out running errands in West Knoxville and you could hear a pin drop as this devastating news swept the town.
I put this together late last month: The eye-popping numbers: Pat Summitt’s historic career
Twitter is blowing up with the story number two on trending at this time.
R. Neal: End of an era
What in the world can the state name after her to honor her historic career. Remain Clarksville Summittville? Somehow it seems whatever is done, it won’t be enough.
Whether Pat Summitt will retire this year remains to be seen. Regardless, that prospect is the talk of Tennessee and the college basketball world. Pat’s numbers absolutely astound me and I’ve meant for quite some time to simply do a list of as many records and other jaw-dropping stats as I can. This post attempts that. A graphic display of her record says as much about her career as the numbers.
Career Record Overall 1098-208 (.840) Home: 504-48(.913) Away 360-95(.791) Neutral 234-65(.782)
SEC Games Overall: 458-69 (.869) vs. all SEC Home: 204-15 (.932) Away: 173-37 (.823) Neutral: 81-17 (.826)
Non-Conference Games Overall: 640-139 (.822)
SEC Championships (16 out of 32) 1980, ’85, ’90, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’98, ’99, 2000, ’01, ’02, ’03, ’04, ’07, ’10, ’11
SEC Tournament Games Overall: 69-17 (.795)
SEC Tournament Titles (16 out of 32) 1980, ’85, ’88, ’89, ’92, ’94, ’96, ’98, ’99, 2000, ’05, ’06, ’08, ’10, ’11, ’12
Vs. Ranked Opponents Overall: 439-168 (.723) AP Ranked 1-10: 176-125 (.585) AP Ranked 11-25: 237-38 (.861) ESPN Ranked 1-10: 133-82 (.632) ESPN Ranked 11-25: 203-27 (.883)
Vs. Unranked Opponents Overall: 659-40 (.942)
NCAA Tournament Overall: 112-23 (.829) 31 1st/2nd Rounds: 48-1 30 Regional Semis: 25-5 25 Regional Finals: 18-7 18 NCAA Final Fours: 21-10 NCAA Titles: 8 (1987, ’89, ’91, ’96, ’97, ’98, 2007, ’08)
SEC Coach of the Year 1993, ’95, ’98, 2001, ’03, ’04, ’07, ’11
NCAA Coach of the Year 1983, ’87, ’89, ’94, ’95, ’98, 2004
Naismith Coach of the Century 2000
- Summitt has faced 164 different opponents in 1,306 total games and teams from 35 conferences
- 46% of her 1,306 total games have been played versus ranked teams (604 total games against ranked opponents) with 440 victories versus ranked opponents
- 161 all-time Lady Vols have contributed to 1098 wins
- 72% of those all-time players have gone on to be decorated as OIympians, All-Americans, USA National Team members, All-SEC performers, Academic All-Americans, etc. — Source.
|1974–75||Tennessee||16–8||TCWSF Eastern District Champions 4th Place TCWSF|
|1975–76||Tennessee||16–11||4th Place TCWSF 6th Place AIAW Region II|
|1976–77||Tennessee||28–5||2nd Place TCWSF AIAW Region II Champions 3rd Place AIAW|
|1977–78||Tennessee||27–4||2nd Place TCWSF AIAW Region II Champions 4th Place AIAW South Satellite|
|1978–79||Tennessee||30–9||TCWSF Champions 2nd Place AIAW Region II AIAW East Satellite Champions 3rd Place AIAW|
|Tennessee Lady Volunteers (SEC) (1979–present)|
|1979–80||Tennessee||33–5||TCWSF Champions 2nd Place AIAW Region II AIAW South Satellite Champions 2nd Place AIAW|
|1980–81||Tennessee||25–6||TCWSF Champions AIAW Region II Champions 2nd Place AIAW|
|1981–82||Tennessee||22–10||NCAA Final Four|
|1982–83||Tennessee||25–8||7-1||1st (East)||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1983–84||Tennessee||23–10||7-1||T–1st (East)||NCAA Runner-up|
|1984–85||Tennessee||22–10||4-4||T–2nd (East)||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1985–86||Tennessee||24–10||5-4||5th||NCAA Final Four|
|1987–88||Tennessee||31–3||8-1||2nd||NCAA Final Four|
|1989–90||Tennessee||27–6||8-1||1st||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1991–92||Tennessee||28–3||10-1||2nd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1992–93||Tennessee||29–3||11-0||1st||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1993–94||Tennessee||31–2||11-0||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1998–99||Tennessee||31–3||13-1||1st||NCAA Elite Eight|
|2000–01||Tennessee||31–3||14-0||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2001–02||Tennessee||29–5||13-1||1st||NCAA Final Four|
|2004–05||Tennessee||30–5||13-1||2nd||NCAA Final Four|
|2005–06||Tennessee||31–5||11-3||2nd||NCAA Elite Eight|
|2008–09||Tennessee||22–11||9-5||5th||NCAA First Round|
|2009–10||Tennessee||32-3||15-1||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2010-11||Tennessee||34-3||16-0||1st||NCAA Elite Eight|
|2011-12||Tennessee||24-8||12-4||2nd||NCAA Elite Eight|
|Tennessee:||1095–207||306-44||† Also won SEC Tournament Championship. # Also won SEC Regular Season Championship. ‡ Also won both SEC Regular Season and Tournament Championship. — Source|
Candace Parker, Shyra Ely, Kara Lawson, Tamika Catchings, Semeka Randall, Chamique Holdsclaw, Nikki McCray, Lisa Harrison, Dena Head, Daedra Charles, Bridgette Gordon, Sheila Collins, Tanya Haave, Mary Ostrowski, Cindy Noble, Jill Snyder, Holly Warlick, Cindy Brogdon, Patricia Roberts
2008 – First Team – Candace Parker
2008 – Honorable Mention – Alexis Hornbuckle 2007 – First Team – Candace Parker
2007 – Honorable Mention – Alexis Hornbuckle 2006 – Second Team – Candace Parker
2006 – Honorable Mention – Shanna Zolman
2005 – Honorable Mention – Shyra Ely
2004 – Third Team – Shyra Ely
2003 – Second Team – Kara Lawson
2003 – Honorable Mention – Gwen Jackson
2002 – Third Team – Kara Lawson
2002 – Honorable Mention – Michelle Snow
2001 – Second Team – Tamika Catchings
2001 – Honorable Mention – Kara Lawson, Gwen Jackson, Michelle Snow 2000 – First Team – Tamika Catchings
2000 – Second Team – Semeka Randall
1999 – First Team – Tamika Catchings, Chamique Holdsclaw
1999 – Second Team – Semeka Randall
1998 – First Team – Chamique Holdsclaw
1998 – Second Team – Tamika Catchings
1997 – First Team – Chamique Holdsclaw
1996 – Third Team – Chamique Holdsclaw
1995 – First Team – Nikki McCray
1995 – Third Team – Dana Johnson — Source.
Summitt by the numbers (entering the 2011-12 season)
- Summitt has faced 162 opponents in 1,270 total games and teams from 35 conferences.
- 47 percent of her 1,270 total games have been played versus ranked teams (592 total games against ranked opponents) with 430 victories versus ranked opponents.
- 159 all-time Lady Vols have contributed to 1,071 wins.
- 72 percent of those all-time players have gone on to be decorated as Olympians, All-Americans, USA National Team members, All-SEC performers and Academic All-Americans.
- Overall: 109-22 (.838)
- 30 1st/2nd Rounds: 46-1
- 29 Regional Semis: 24-5
- 24 Regional Finals: 18-6
- 18 NCAA Final Fours: 21-10
- NCAA Titles: 8 (1987, ’89, ’91, ’96, ’97, ’98, 2007, ’08 — Source.
Stories that highlight Pat Summitt’s tenure Pat Summitt’s Lady Vols sweep SEC regular-season, tournaments in perfect style in 2011 1,000 wins and counting for Pat Summitt Pat Summitt’s focus the same as always as she nears 1,000 wins Pat Summitt, Lady Vols win 2008 title, Tennessee’s eighth Pat Summitt says Geno Auriemma knows why Tennessee-UConn series ended Pat Summitt, Lady Vols end UConn series Pat Summitt quenches thirst for another title with 2007 crown Pat Summitt gets her 900th win as Lady Vols down Vandy Pat Summitt gets win 880 to set record Pat Summitt’s milestone wins on the eve of tying Dean Smith’s win mark Perfect 1998 season capped by Pat Summitt’s third title in a row Pat Summitt says 1997 title the most unexpected A look at the rise of Pat Summitt after winning the 1996 title Pat Summitt, Tennessee all business in crushing Georgia for 1996 title 1991 title gives Pat Summitt her third, tying Indiana’s Bobby Knight Bridgette Gordon helps – Source.
1. Pat Summitt was 22 when she began her career as head coach of the University of Tennessee women’s basketball team in 1974.
2. Summitt had originally accepted a position as an assistant coach but after the UT women’s basketball coach decided to take a sabbatical, Summitt was offered the job as head coach instead
3. Her height – 5-foot-11 – earned Summitt the nickname “Bone” in high school.
4. Summitt attended the University of Tennessee-Martin as an undergrad. She was on the basketball team there, but she also played volleyball and joined the sorority Chi Omega.
5. Summitt made her first U.S. national team in 1973 when she represented the United States at the World University Games in the Soviet Union.
6. She was the co-captain of the 1976 U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team, which won a silver medal in Montreal.
7. She was the coach of the 1984 U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team, which won a gold medal in Los Angeles, the first-ever Olympic gold medal win for a U.S. women’s basketball team.
8. In 1974, Summit’s team played a “six-on-six” style in which offensive and defensive players never crossed the center line.
9. Summitt was a hands-on coach in more ways than one: In the 1970s, she drove the team van to away games.
10. Under Summitt, the University of Tennessee’s Lady Vols have gone to the Final Four 14 times and are eight-time National Champions, the most for any women’s basketball team
11. In Summitt’s 37 years as head coach, the Lady Vols have posted a record of 1,071 wins, 199 losses, winning more than 84 percent of their games.
12. Summitt takes academics seriously, insisting that her players sit in the first three rows of their classes and never miss a class.
13. Summit boasts a 100 percent graduation rate of players completing their eligibility at UT.
14. Being a young mother didn’t slow Summitt down: The Lady Vols won their third NCAA title when Summitt’s son Tyler was 6 months old.
15. There are two college basketball courts named in Summitt’s honor: one at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and the University of Tennessee at Martin
16. Summitt has been inducted into both the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
17. Summitt is the author of two books: “Raise the Roof” and “Reach for the Summitt,” both published in 1999.
18. Summitt was the first women’s college basketball coach to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.
19. She was also the first women’s college basketball coach to make a $1 million yearly salary.
20. Summitt became the winningest college basketball coach – men’s or women’s – in history in 2005 with her 880th win with the Lady Vols. — Source.
All-time Lady Vols
|Jody Adams||3||1989-93||Graduate||Cleveland, TN/Bradley County||G||5-5||107||6.7||1.7|
|Nicky Anosike||55||2004-08||Active||Staten Island, NY/St. Peter’s||G||6-4||146||7.5||6.3|
|Alberta Auguste||33||2006-08||Active||Marrero, La./John Ehret/||G||5-11||37||5.1||2.6|
|Suzanne Barbre||34||1974-78||Graduate||Morristown, TN/Morristown West||G||5-8||64||13.5||4.2|
|Vicki Baugh||21||2007-||Active||Sacramento, CA/Sacramento||F||6-4||38||5.3||4.0|
|Angie Bjorklund||5||2007-||Active||Spokane Valley, WA/University||G/F||6-0||38||8.4||3.2|
|Shannon Bobbitt||00||2006-08||Active||New York, NY||G||5-2||74||9.3||2.3|
|Cindy Boggs||1974-75||Graduate||Ducktown, TN||G||5-6|
|Fonda Bondurant||12||1975-77||Graduate||South Fulton, TN/South Fulton||G||5-6||30||2.1||0.9|
|Sherry Bostic||14||1984-86||Transfer||LaFollette, TN/Campbell County||F||5-11||51||3.1||1.9|
|Nancy Bowman||12||1972-75||Graduate||Lenoir City, TN||G||5-3|
|Gina Bozeman||20||1981||Transfer||Sylvester, GA/Worth Academy||G||5-6||8||1.3||0.4|
|Diane Brady||20||1973-75||Graduate||Calhoun, TN||G||5-2|
|Cindy Brogdon||44||1977-79||Graduate||Buford, GA/Greater Atlanta Christian||F||5-10||70||20.8||6.0|
|Niya Butts||3||1996-00||Graduate||Americus, GA/Americus||F||6-0||111||2.3||1.2|
|Tasha Butts||3||2000-04||Graduate||Milledgeville, GA/Baldwin County||G||5-11||141||6.4||3.8|
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