It’s like she never left

Never thought I’d see Alyssia Brewer again but the former Lady Vols post player strolled into Smokey Mountain Athletics Saturday morning with former teammate Kelley Cain for the grand opening of a facility being renovated by Lady Vols alums Cait McMahan and Alexis Hornbuckle.

Even more surprising, it seemed like Brewer never left.

“Complete love,” she said in reference to her UT career. “Three years here. That’s a long time.”

She said a mouthful, considering how her career ended. Then-UT coach Pat Summitt announced on the eve of Brewer’s senior season in 2011 that she no longer was part of the team. The announcement was stunning. The timing seemed harsh. She completed the fall semester and then transferred to UCLA.

Brewer bases her feeling on Cain, her other former teammates and their “unbreakable bond.”

“I got sisters for life out of that,” said Brewer, who played professionally in Poland last season.

Brewer said that she and her sisters convene regularly in a group chat on social media. They’ve talked about the university’s decision to constrict use of the Lady Vols nickname and logo to basketball beginning July 1. In the process, Brewer formed an opinion that I referenced in an online story and today’s editions of the News Sentinel.

“I don’t agree with it,” she said, “regardless of whether I ended my tenure here or not.”