We interrupt this preview for a great piece…….

Amazing interview with Pat Summitt on this year’s team:

http://www.utladyvols.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/101408aab.html

Check out these facts:

During head coach Pat Summitt’s 35 years at the helm of the winningest program in collegiate history only 153 women have been selected to join the Lady Vol basketball family, including this season’s group of six eager newcomers. Incredibly, every Lady Vol hoopster (since 1976) has enjoyed the opportunity to play in at least one Final Four during her career, and 58 of those accomplished women have earned National Championship rings coming in 1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2007 and 2008.

I don’t know if there’s been a more accomplished coach in any sport. If there is, I’d like to know about it.

This quote demonstrates the way Summitt’s attitude has shaped her own legacy. She simply believes her teams will rise to greatness, and she and her players eventually believe it into being:

“It’s crossed my mind that you don’t replace players like these overnight,” deadpanned Summitt. “Rather than thinking that ‘we’re rebuilding and won’t be as strong,’ I’m thinking how excited we are about our incoming and returning talent. The question I have is, ‘how long will it take to mold them into a championship team?’ “

Indeed.

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