Tradition transition: Tennessee Lady Vols' top spot earns Holly Warlick honor

Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick sends out directions to the team during the game against Vanderbilt at Thompson-Boling Arena on Sunday, February 17, 2013. Tennessee defeated Vanderbilt 83-64. 

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Photo by Saul Young, 2013 Knoxville News Sentinel

Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick sends out directions to the team during the game against Vanderbilt at Thompson-Boling Arena on Sunday, February 17, 2013. Tennessee defeated Vanderbilt 83-64. (Saul Young/News Sentinel)

New coach. Same perch.

The Tennessee Lady Vols are the top seed in the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament for the third time in four years and for the 10th time since 1998. It is the first with head coach Holly Warlick, who had to replace all five starters from Pat Summitt's final team that reached the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight.

"Tennessee graduated a class last year that had been the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, so the dynamic was going to be different," Georgia coach Andy Landers said. "What Holly did was incorporate some freshmen and some players who had played totally different roles a year ago and made them a very good basketball team.

"Tennessee has always had and has today extremely talented players, and Holly took what she had and basically rebuilt Tennessee this year into a Southeastern Conference champion."

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hikerdude writes:

Great job, Holly. As I have said before, I thik this year's team could beat last year's team and Holly should get the major part of the credit for that. I am really excited about next year.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

I don't normally agree with anything Andy Landers says but this time he hit the nail directly on the head. It's fantastic seeing other SEC coach's saying what Lady Vol fans have known for a long time

WCBB_FAN writes:

If this team expect to prevail in the SEC tournament they need to show some kind of improvement with their first grade ball handling.

ELIMINATE THE TURNOVERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There are 2 players still riding the bench 95% of the time and others are being hacked with injuries over and over again.

He sits high and look low.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to WCBB_FAN:

If this team expect to prevail in the SEC tournament they need to show some kind of improvement with their first grade ball handling.

ELIMINATE THE TURNOVERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There are 2 players still riding the bench 95% of the time and others are being hacked with injuries over and over again.

He sits high and look low.

"He sits high and look low"? Translation, please!

kazoo writes:

Holly has done a good job this year--but she can't be considered successful until she gets UT back to the Final Four and wins a title. UT needs better recruiting and coaching than it's gotten in the last several years, that's just a fact. We can't keep choking every time we play a top 5 team. This is the premier women's program, with a bench of full of AAs, and it's time we started acting and playing like that. The SEC has never been our measuring stick--the final four and national titles are. Good luck!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to kazoo:

Holly has done a good job this year--but she can't be considered successful until she gets UT back to the Final Four and wins a title. UT needs better recruiting and coaching than it's gotten in the last several years, that's just a fact. We can't keep choking every time we play a top 5 team. This is the premier women's program, with a bench of full of AAs, and it's time we started acting and playing like that. The SEC has never been our measuring stick--the final four and national titles are. Good luck!

Of course a program like the Lady Vols should always have high standards and aspirations, but--dang, fella!--there are only two seniors on this team, neither of whom have ever been stars. The teams they have lost to this year--except perhaps for Chattanooga, though their team is likely more experienced than the current LVs--mostly start upperclassmen. When these present gals are juniors and seniors, they WILL be setting the standard again.

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