Rick Insell Shares Memories of Pat Summitt

Where do you begin? They are now the two winningest college basketball coaches ever, with Summitt still holding the all-time wins record for any Division I coach with 1,098 career victories to Coach K’s 1,043. Summitt is the winningest coach in Division One basketball history, male or female, with 1,098 victories. They have been talked about at length already.

In 2006, when Summitt became the first women’s coach to be paid a million dollars a season, the days of driving the bus must have seemed pretty distant. How to speak for them. But approximately 200,000 of them are younger than 65, which is termed early onset Alzheimer’s, says the Alzheimer’s Association.

But it was what happened after the game that she remembers most.

Summitt and her Lady Vols made a trip to Anchorage in 1997.

“It was a great time”.

Since 2007, the football program has run off the rails and nearly a decade later is still struggling to get back on track.

There have been other local promoters of women’s athletics.

For millennial Tennessee fans it has been a rough life but we always had one constant.

Pearl, who is now coaching at Auburn, said the last few days have been hard as he reminisces about the time he spent with Summitt. Additionally, she worked with Sally Jenkins on “Raise the Roof”, a book about the 1997-98 championship season, and also detailed her battle with dementia in a memoir, “Sum It Up”, released in March 2013 and also co-written with Jenkins. For myself personally, those two years were fantastic. This meant the best players from the USA wouldn’t have to go overseas anymore to make a living playing basketball. “But just to get words of encouragement from her was just unreal and unheard of”. She was an eight-time SEC coach of the year and seven-time NCAA coach of the year. She was in high school when Tennessee already had the best team and the best player, but Tamika wanted to go to Tennessee to play for Pat Summitt and to play with Holdsclaw because she wanted to be a part of the best team. Thank you for what each of you gave to Tennessee. “My thoughts and prayers are with Tyler and their entire family”.

And how many great local athletes would have played without the role models that Summitt’s teams provided?

A McDonald’s All-America selection as a senior at Steele, Simmons had narrowed her college choices to LSU and Tennessee before Summit personally recruited her in October 2009.

Other possible indicators include putting things in unusual places, decreased judgment, and withdrawal from work or social activities.

Summitt died Tuesday at the age of 64.

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