Pat Summitt fast-tracked to Lady Vols Hall of Fame

University of Tennessee women's basketball head coach emeritus Pat Summitt.

University of Tennessee women's basketball head coach emeritus Pat Summitt.

Jane Haist for Lady Vols Hall of Fame, Oct. 27, 2012.

Jane Haist for Lady Vols Hall of Fame, Oct. 27, 2012.

Young-A Yang for Lady Vols Hall of Fame, Oct. 27, 2012.

Young-A Yang for Lady Vols Hall of Fame, Oct. 27, 2012.

Former Tennessee Lady Vol basketball player Michelle Marciniak.

Former Tennessee Lady Vol basketball player Michelle Marciniak.

Pat Summitt is proceeding directly to the Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame.

The hall of fame's selection committee recommended that the five-year "last service requirement" be waived for the Tennessee women's basketball coaching legend, allowing her to join the Class of 2012. Summitt and three former athletes will be honored Friday night in a private induction ceremony at the Downtown Hilton.

The other inductees are former Lady Vols point guard Michelle Marciniak, former track & field star Jane Haist and former golfer Young-A Yang.

"This distinguished group includes a legendary coach and three former student-athletes, whose participation in athletics runs the gamut from the early days of varsity women's athletics competition at Tennessee to an inductee who is being enshrined in her first year of eligibility,'' UT director of athletics Dave Hart said in a statement.

Summitt is the headliner of the group. She stepped down in April after 38 seasons, 1,098 victories and eight national championships. Summitt announced in August of 2011 that she had been

diagnosed with early onset dementia Alzheimer's type. During Summitt's tenure, the Lady Vols strung together 31 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and made 18 Final Fours. They won 16 SEC championships and 16 conference tournament titles.

In 2000, Summitt was named the Naismith coach of the century.

Marciniak came to Tennessee as a transfer from Notre Dame. She was a two-time All-SEC selection and a Naismith All-American in 1996. Despite playing just three seasons, she still topped 1,000 career points (1,004) and ranks in the top 10 in 11 statistical categories.

The former point guard finished her career as the Final Four's most outstanding player after helping lead UT to the 1995-96 national championship.

Yang, who played at UT from 1998-2002, earned All-America recognition all four years by the National Golf Coaches Association, including a first-team honor in 2001. Yang, who is from Tae-Gu City, South Korea, is ranked first or tied for first in five statistical categories, including top-10 career finishes (26).

Haist, who competed at UT from 1977-79, was an All-American in 1977 and '78, winning an AIAW national championship in the discus in '77 with a throw of 188 feet, 5 inches. She was the national runner-up in the event the following year. Her toss of 198-8 still stands as a Lady Vol record.

The inductees will be introduced at the UT-Troy football game Nov. 3.

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dunc writes:

As a native Knoxvillian who has lived in Dallas for 40 years, I have always followed Tennessee sports. I have enjoyed the ups and suffered through downs, as all sports fans have. Pat Summitt and the Lady Vols have been the people of whom I have been most proud, year in and year out. Thank you, Pat, for the exemplary way you have always represented (and still represent) the Lady Vols, the university and the state of Tennessee.

Vol69 writes:

Well deserved. One of UT's greatest.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

I am thrilled for Pat but it also gives me concern pertaining to her health. I know the effects and prognosis for early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type and it isn't pretty. God Bless her and her family. LDG Felicity, Ohio

Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

It's fitting and appropriate for Coach Pat to be inducted now.

Good to see "Spinderella" again.

Congratulations, Ladies.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

AWESOME!

SummittsCourt writes:

Nice move. Pat shouldn't have to wait anyway.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

A no doubter as far as the HOF is concerned..Why not go ahead and enshrine her immediately..Way to go Pat!

SoddyVol writes:

With Pat there is 100% no doubt she deserves the Honor. Just no reason to wait in her case.

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