Statues unveiled of Pat Summitt, her UT Martin coach Nadine Gearin and former women's AD Bettye Giles

Statues of Pat Summitt, left, Bettye Giles, right, and the late Nadine Gearin were unveiled Saturday at UT Martin.

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Statues of Pat Summitt, left, Bettye Giles, right, and the late Nadine Gearin were unveiled Saturday at UT Martin.

MARTIN — Speaking less than three minutes, Pat Summitt called her time at the University of Tennessee Martin the best thing that ever happened to her.

A hall of fame basketball coach and winner of eight NCAA basketball titles at the University of Tennessee, Summitt returned to her roots for the unveiling of statues of herself, former UTM coach Nadine Gearin and former women’s athletics director Bettye Giles on Saturday.

“What a great day,” Summitt said. “You’re here today because you love this university. You love Nadine (Gearin) and Bettye (Giles) and that’s what it’s about.”

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Classof72 writes:

Never erect a statue of a living person. Honor the person in life, and the memory of the person with a statue, if desired.

Col26ca writes:

Honor those living in any way you choose. Let them know what you think of them and their accomplishments. I was at the ceremony yesterday representing my wife, one of Pat's Chi O sisters, who could not make it. She had that old twinkle in her eye. It was worth the trip. You go girl. God Bless them all.

lstbodeanvol writes:

You are right Col26ca it was a great day in Martin for Coach Summitt she has made great contributions at both UTM and UT as well as womens sports in general. It was great to see her on the football field at half time as well Go Coach Pat we love you and thank you for your service :)

paradisetaxi writes:

If someone was going to have a statue made for and like you, would you rather know they did or not know ?

CrankE writes:

They were going to put up one of Debby Jennings since Pat couldn't have achieved anything without Debby. They cast the statue of Jennings several times, but each time the casting failed for some reason. Finally, they had to simply forego the statue.

I'm sure Debby Jennings wil need to include this in her suit somehow.

VolzsFan writes:

the size is indicative of no one really cares about the title ix welfare sports

CCLC writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

the size is indicative of no one really cares about the title ix welfare sports

What are you talking about? Isn't it the same height as Saban's?

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Classof72:

Never erect a statue of a living person. Honor the person in life, and the memory of the person with a statue, if desired.

I disagree, if you're expecting a Paterno type situation I'll guarantee that won't happen here. As for Saban and coaches that are still active I agree it's in poor taste.

skyhawk836 writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

the size is indicative of no one really cares about the title ix welfare sports

Yea, it would probably fit through the door of your trailer.

johnlg00 writes:

Today must be "Bleat if You're a Misogynist Day."

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