Pat Summitt

Way behind on links here. I’ll post a few tomorrow, but for now — I wrote a little something about Pat Summitt here. 

And I talked with my longtime friend and colleague, ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel, on the PosCast about Pat Summitt’s life and legacy. It was touching to hear Mechelle’s thoughts — few people have written as much about or had as good a view of Summitt.

As always, you can hear the PosCast on Stitcher or on iTunes and I will embed it below:

8 Responses to Pat Summitt

  1. Brent says:

    Great story Joe. And I do not intend to lesson it at all by the observation that I am always amazed by the fact that people in the early 20th century with the surname Head thought it appropriate to name their son Richard.

    But whenever I see that name, that observation always crosses my mind. I am sure I am not the only one.

    • invitro says:

      There are probably many more people who can figure out that “dick” and “dickhead” didn’t have the meanings you are thinking of in the early 20th century.

      • Himself says:

        Maybe. But I once met a guy born around midcentury named Richard Putz. As clear a case of parental malpractice as I have ever seen.

      • Rock Hardwood says:

        There are probably many more people who can figure out that “dick” and “dickhead” didn’t have the meanings you are thinking of in the early 20th century.

        “Dick” as penis was already in published use a couple of decades before that, and in spoken use even earlier.

  2. MikeN says:

    I will remember Pat Summitt for occasionally derailing the nonstop deification of Geno Auriemma and UConn.

  3. Karyn says:

    “I believe,” she wrote, “you get what you deserve.”

    No one deserves early onset Alzheimer’s disease, and die from it at age 64.

    • Hawk says:

      I can only hope that you are just a demented troll who hopes to get some fame by such a comment rather than someone who could really mean what you posted.

  4. David Gardner says:

    Joe, I was a teaching assistant at Tennessee when I was working on my masters in the early 1980’s, and got to know Coach Summitt fairly well. I tutored a couple of her players one year, and then the next year she got me to come do a few review classes for her incoming freshmen players (along with a few sophomores who had flunked freshman composition previously). She made sure I got tickets to the game when they played Georgia, even though she knew I would be pulling for my Dawgs against her. (That was a big game every year, and…like most of the women’s games at Tennessee…was always a sellout.)

    I used to joke with Coach Summitt that I had never forgiven her for stealing Cindy Brogdon away from Mercer. (Actually, I was only half joking…I was still pissed at that.) Brogdon was far and away the best woman basketball player who had ever come out of Georgia up until that time, and was the first Georgia basketball player…male or female…to ever make an Olympic team. She was playing at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and she met Coach Summitt while they were both on the 1976 Olympic team. Coach Summitt recruited her away during the Olympics, and Brogdon transferred. She didn’t have to sit out a year…like a male athlete would have had to…and played her last two college seasons at Tennessee. The NCAA’s attitude at that time was “We’re talking about GIRL’S sports, for crying out loud! What difference does it make where THEY play?”

    It occurred to me that one of the finest tributes to Coach Summitt, and her influence on women’s collegiate athletics, might be the fact that it couldn’t happen that way again. Any female athlete who transfers nowadays is required to sit out a year before being eligible, just like a male athlete. And a big reason that women’s sports are taken so much more seriously today is that Coach Summitt showed that they can be tremendously popular and a big money-maker for a university and for the NCAA itself.

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