UT to honor Pat Summitt with banner at Thompson-Boling Arena

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Tennessee coach Pat Summitt walks off the court after the Lady Vols lost the NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional final to Baylor on March 26 in Des Moines, Iowa. It was Summitt's 1,306th and last game as coach of the team that she led to eight national championships.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Tennessee coach Pat Summitt walks off the court after the Lady Vols lost the NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional final to Baylor on March 26 in Des Moines, Iowa. It was Summitt's 1,306th and last game as coach of the team that she led to eight national championships.

Former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt has reached the highest point in Thompson-Boling Arena.

Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart announced Friday that a banner with her name will hang from the rafters with other greats in UT basketball history.

A ceremony will be held prior to the Lady Vols’ 7 p.m. home game against Notre Dame on Jan. 28.

“It will be quite an honor to join those with a banner already hanging in the rafters at Thompson-Boling Arena,” Summitt said in a UT release. “I appreciate the honor and feel very blessed to have been able to spend my entire career at the University of Tennessee. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities afforded me by such a great institution.”

Summitt stepped down as coach of the Lady Vols last April after 38 seasons that included an NCAA-record eight national championships and is the NCAA’s all-time winningest coach with 1,098 victories. Summitt, who was diagnosed in 2011 with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type, was named head coach emeritus.

“We are thrilled to honor Pat and her outstanding career,” Hart said in the release. “She is a legend who transcends women’s basketball. This banner will serve as yet another reminder of the impact Coach Summitt has at our University and throughout the country. Her integrity, class and competitiveness continue to inspire the world of sports and, now, the fight to beat Alzheimer’s.”

Summitt will join five players she coached — Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick, Bridgette Gordon, Daedra Charles, Chamique Holdsclaw and Tamika Catchings — along with former men’s coach Ray Mears, broadcasting legend John Ward and former Vols Bernard King, Ernie Grunfeld and Allan Houston to be honored with banners.

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BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Well deserved..Congrats Pat.

movol53 writes:

There isn't a banner or a rafter BIG enough to show how much I BACK PAT and appreciate what she has done for The Lady Vols, UT, and women's sports.
Look up humble, integrity and character in the dictionary and there will be a picture of PAT.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to movol53:

There isn't a banner or a rafter BIG enough to show how much I BACK PAT and appreciate what she has done for The Lady Vols, UT, and women's sports.
Look up humble, integrity and character in the dictionary and there will be a picture of PAT.

Well said.

SummittsCourt writes:

The greatest basketball coach ever deserves so much more, but this is a nice start to add to the Summitt.

vollaw writes:

in response to movol53:

There isn't a banner or a rafter BIG enough to show how much I BACK PAT and appreciate what she has done for The Lady Vols, UT, and women's sports.
Look up humble, integrity and character in the dictionary and there will be a picture of PAT.

Agreed, but isn't that why the court is named after her?

huntined#565710 writes:

A banner!!! why not a statue!!!!

tenuscvol writes:

in response to huntined#565710:

A banner!!! why not a statue!!!!

Agree.....

wayne.kearney#1414428 writes:

The school will NEVER be able to ever so their appreciation to Pat. Everything she has done for the school and Women's Basketball will never be matched in any sport at any school.

ashvol7 writes:

in response to movol53:

There isn't a banner or a rafter BIG enough to show how much I BACK PAT and appreciate what she has done for The Lady Vols, UT, and women's sports.
Look up humble, integrity and character in the dictionary and there will be a picture of PAT.

Well, Well said how right your comments are!

jopad writes:

Very good move by the University. Pat is revered not only by UT Lady Vol fans but by basketball fans all over the world. Congratulations to her. Think now about a banner for Candace Parker.

mikeypanic writes:

hope this means they are going to remove her name from the floor.

KCHS63 writes:

The Little Napoleon Complex never ceases to amaze me. :-)

Do you want to be the first one to tell Daddy Haslam he was full of it when he called Pat one of the two greatest icons in Tennessee athletics history? Didn't think so...........

johnlg00 writes:

in response to mikeypanic:

hope this means they are going to remove her name from the floor.

Pathetic. You, not Pat, natch.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to mikeypanic:

hope this means they are going to remove her name from the floor.

Witch Doctor say your post proves you cant hide little man disease....hahaha
Bones never lie.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to THECATTLEMAN_IN_CHARGE:

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Witch Doctor lol. Witch Doctor say if someone didnt say your name and you answer...YES its little mans disease(Napoleon did something other that moan) lol
Witch Doctor say funny &h_t!! HAHAHAAHAH
Bones never lie.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to THECATTLEMAN_IN_CHARGE:

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Witch Doctor add one more...

5. if ever time someone says the word and you get it offended by it even though not mentioning your name..then you can disregard those listed above.

Bones never lie.
*ps it really has nothing to do with how TALL you are, but rather how SMALL you are.!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor add one more...

5. if ever time someone says the word and you get it offended by it even though not mentioning your name..then you can disregard those listed above.

Bones never lie.
*ps it really has nothing to do with how TALL you are, but rather how SMALL you are.!

Way to bi@tch slap that troll..+1

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Way to bi@tch slap that troll..+1

Witch Doctor cant remember the movie, but a mother was telling her daughter "If you are walking down the street and someone screams "Wh_re" , dont look or you give yourself away!" hahaha
Bones never lie.

voloffaith writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor cant remember the movie, but a mother was telling her daughter "If you are walking down the street and someone screams "Wh_re" , dont look or you give yourself away!" hahaha
Bones never lie.

I keep telling ya'll as he was learning the ropes,so to speak, there was alot of experimentation taking place. Sadly no one explained the 'cattle prod' to him/her and thus the resulting damage is experienced by us every time the poster child speaks to us. Perry Mason would be very proud of COWPOKE as he/she always mounts a good defense to justify the actions...

Congrats Coach!! For mikeinapanic I'm sure you can call Mr. Hart and suggest name removal as for some reason you are taken back by it. Did you want it to be called 'The Pearl'? The 'Mears'? What is your reason(s) for it? Certainly not that the floor the men's team plays on is named after a Women's coach......hmmm we myt have found a lil nugget thar

mikeypanic writes:

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madrigal writes:

Cattleman aka Drugstore Cowboy is in charge of nothing. Stuff him back into his troll hole and go on.

tennrat writes:

Well I surely hope Hart doesn't make them take it down.

tennrat writes:

in response to THECATTLEMAN_IN_CHARGE:

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Well, if the shoe fits.......

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to THECATTLEMAN_IN_CHARGE:

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Ewe sound like those cowboys from broke back mountain..Just sayin'

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to THECATTLEMAN_IN_CHARGE:

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Witch Doctor say good for you, Witch Doctor say sounds like you are working thru it..kinda like this!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DIETl...

HAHAHA
Bones never lie.

Theo writes:

in response to THECATTLEMAN_IN_CHARGE:

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You left out the part where you admit to having a really small pee,pee.

voloffaith writes:

in response to mikeypanic:

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Nope...no reply needed...your baseless ,shameful, comment stands on its own to incriminate you as I thought earlier.....SUGGEST REMOVAL... just this comment ,not your other four.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to THECATTLEMAN_IN_CHARGE:

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Witch Doctor lol. Witch Doctor just like messing around and dont take Witch Doctor too serious.
Bones never lie.

Basketvol writes:

in response to huntined#565710:

A banner!!! why not a statue!!!!

I'm sure it's just a matter of time. Better be. She deserves it!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to THECATTLEMAN_IN_CHARGE:

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Liberal?? Now that's a laugh..I'm a Libertarian not quite the same. I'm heavily armed on my land in West Tennessee. Dug in deeper than a tick on the back of an old hound dog.

Theo writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Liberal?? Now that's a laugh..I'm a Libertarian not quite the same. I'm heavily armed on my land in West Tennessee. Dug in deeper than a tick on the back of an old hound dog.

Somehow I'm not surprised.

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