Catching up with Coach Summitt and the Lady Vols

Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt won two awards this week: the WNBA’s Inspiring Coach Award and the Russell Athletic/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Victory Club Award. Congrats, Coach Summitt.


While in St. Louis, I’d heard what a tough time former Lady Vol Kara Lawson, and former Vol assistant Carolyn Peck, had broadcasting after Tennessee’s first-round loss March 22. Here’s a piece that elaborates on that:

To wit:

Former guard and assistant coach Nikki Caldwell, now the coach at UCLA, spoke of the loss as if it were a transgression.

“It’s like an unspoken rule, you don’t lose like that,” she said. “You don’t lose that early.”

After the stunning finish, Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt said that she heard from several former players. She characterized their mood as “angry.”

Former guard Alexis Hornbuckle described her reaction to Tennessee’s NCAA tournament loss as ranging from initial disbelief to wanting to throw her computer across the room after verifying the result via the Internet in Turkey, where she had been playing.

Wanting to huck the computer gets the point across well. No wonder Lex came to visit a couple weeks ago.