Honoring Parker

Retiring Candace Parker’s jersey is the easy part when honoring the former Tennessee Lady Vol All-American.

What’s harder is recognizing the concerns and hurt feelings expressed by Parker in the wake of longtime athletic trainer Jenny Moshak’s sudden retirement less than two weeks ago.

It would be better to address Parker’s reaction long before the Jan. 2 ceremony planned for her. And the best person to do it is Lady Vols head coach Holly Warlick.

Warlick is beginning her 32nd year at Tennessee as either a coach or a player. She’s well acquainted with Parker and virtually every  player associated with the program.  A sampling of the rank and file in the wake of Moshak’s announcement indicated a sense of bewilderment that likely isn’t rare in nature.

Given the events of the past two years, Warlick ought to consider reaching out to the women’s basketball alums and sharing with them her thoughts about the present and her vision for the future.

A few private words would be worth just as much — if not more — than any public ceremony.

A few thoughts on the 2013-14 schedule:

With the freshmen talent on both sides, the Nov. 11 game at North Carolina should be chaotic but also entertaining.

Don’t overlook the Nov. 17 home game against Georgia Tech, given Kaela Davis’ presence on Tech’s roster.

Given road games at Georgia, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt along with playing LSU twice, repeating as SEC regular season champions will be a tough task.

The home schedule gets better after New Year’s Day, beginning with LSU on Jan. 2 and continuing with Notre Dame (Jan. 20), Vanderbilt (Feb. 10), Kentucky (Feb. 16) and South Carolina (March 2).

Recruiting note: Jaime Nared, a 6-foot-1 wing player from Portland, Ore., who is ranked No. 13 in the Class of 2014 by ESPN HoopGurlz, will make an official visit to Tennessee the weekend of Sept. 27.