Former Tennessee players and team managers paid a touching tribute to Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt by writing letters detailing her influence on their lives.
Former Lady Vol star Chamique Holdsclaw collected their work and presenting it in a bound volume to Summitt before Wednesday’s 90-37 women’s basketball victory over Old Dominion.
The contract for the Tennessee-Old Dominion women’s basketball series is up for renewal.
Since 1979, when the teams began playing on a regular basis, the decision has been automatic: play on.
Times are changing, however.
As Tennessee’s associate head coach, Holly Warlick has become an unofficial spokesperson for the ongoing saga of Lady Vols head coach Pat Summitt, who’s dealing with early onset dementia.
There was a touch of poignance to Warlick’s role on Monday, as the team prepared for a women’s basketball heavyweight matchup with Stanford on Tuesday night. Summitt missed her first practice of the women’s basketball season for a pre-planned medical consultation.
Pat Summitt getting another award Sunday was hardly big news. Just this week, the Tennessee women’s basketball coach had received two other honors, including Sports Illustrated Sportswoman of the Year.
What was noteworthy about her receiving the Maggie Dixon Courage Award was the reaction.
From the opening tip, the women’s basketball season proceeds as if you’re cascading down a giant waterslide.
Seems like Nov. 13 against Pepperdine was just yesterday and Tennessee’s season already is five-games old and plenty of drama has unfolded.