Tennessee Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt on the death of John Wooden, who built one of the greatest dynasties in all of sports at UCLA and became one of the most revered coaches ever.
“I am very saddened at the passing of John Wooden. In my lifetime, I was fortunate to call him a friend. As a coach, I always admired his gentle demand for nothing but excellence and his student-athletes delivered. He created role models on and off the court, and because of him, it is something I instilled in my players from my first day as a very young coach.
“The takeaways we all have been blessed with from knowing John Wooden are numerous. For all of his successes, he was such a humble man.
“Tonight, we have lost a true American icon.”