Tennessee will honor Pat Summitt with statue

Unveiling likely in fall near arena

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Pat Summitt charity golf tournament in Knoxville

Legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt spent a brisk Monday morning greeting golfers and sharing laughs before her charity golf tournament got under way at the Cherokee Country Club.

“You sure you want a picture with me?” she joked to one group of golfers.

Summitt was all smiles for the charity event, but when her statue is unveiled later this year, it might be more likely to feature her trademark icy stare.

Tennessee plans to unveil a statue of Summitt as early as this fall as part of the renovated streetscape on Lake Loudon Boulevard near the university’s athletic facilities, UT athletic director Dave Hart told the News Sentinel Monday.

Summitt, who officially stepped down from full-time coaching and assumed the title of head coach emeritus last year, has already been honored with a statue at UT Martin, her alma mater.

Soon she’ll have a second statue in Knoxville.

“It’s a very important component of the larger Lake Loudon project,” Hart said. “There’s a natural embankment by Thompson-Boling Arena, and we’re working with architects to find the best place for the statue.”

Hart said the timing of the project is still uncertain, but he hopes it can be completed soon.

“We’re hopeful that by fall the entire project will be completed. I can’t say for certain that the statue will be there by then, but it will be obvious where the plaza and the statue will go,” he said.

Hart said the decision to honor Summitt was a no-brainer.

“It’s very exciting to be able to present this to the greatest coach of all time,” he said.

Tennessee recently announced a one-year extension for Summitt to continue in her role as head coach emeritus at a salary of $85,000. She earned $354,375 in the role last year.

“It’s a chance for Pat to be around the program and our players,” said UT coach Holly Warlick, who succeeded Summitt after serving as a UT assistant since 1985. “It’s so important that the young players understand the tradition, and Pat is the tradition of the program. I love having her around and I’m just very thankful she wants to be around for another year.”

Warlick said Summitt’s role wouldn’t change.

“She’ll be at all the practices, she’ll do exactly what she’s been doing this year,” Warlick said. “I’m glad she’s

in for one more year.”

Monday’s tournament raised funds for the Helen Ross McNabb Center, a nonprofit provider of services for families facing mental illness, addiction and other challenges.

Summitt, who revealed her diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease two years ago, did not speak to media, and reporters were asked not to film her speaking to the group. In a statement, however, she said she was glad to continue her longtime support of the Center.

“Helen Ross McNabb had a huge heart for those in our community living with mental health, addiction, and social service challenges. It was her goal to take care of the sickest and poorest among us. Through the work of the Helen Ross McNabb Center, that goal is being accomplished in East Tennessee each and every day,” Summitt’s statement read.

“The proceeds from this tournament benefit mental health and addiction treatment programs being provided in our communities. I applaud everyone who has participated throughout the years and all those playing in this year’s tournament. Although we have made a difference for many in our community, there is still much work to do. I encourage everyone in our community to support the Helen Ross McNabb Center and assist the Center in achieving their goals.”

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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voloffaith writes:

That will be about the final biggie(probably) from the University. Congrats again Coach!!!

tovolny writes:

What a gal! What a lady! What a wonderful person! What a great coach!.

100% graduation...it can be equaled, but never exceeded. I am so proud of Pat Summitt, a fellow Tennessee that "got it right."

tovolny writes:

in response to tovolny:

What a gal! What a lady! What a wonderful person! What a great coach!.

100% graduation...it can be equaled, but never exceeded. I am so proud of Pat Summitt, a fellow Tennessee that "got it right."

Make that "Tennessean."

missyvol writes:

This is great and well deserved. I wonder what happened to the movement to name the NCCA Women's Championship Trophy after her.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

Congratulations to Pat !!! A well deserved tribute. My only thought now is should it be as big as General Neyland's? I've always wondered who was the best coach ever at UT and that is considering all sports. They have to be the best two but in what order.

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

Why does it have to be on a embankment? Why can't it be at the front entrance? TBA is the house that Pat built.

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

Her Summit logo is at the main entrance.

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

They need to give TBA a external facelift anyway. Very plain. They needed to make the outside siding either black or orange in some places.

cheetah-vol writes:

"Summitt was all smiles for the charity event, but when her statue is unveiled later this year, it might be more likely to feature her trademark icy stare."

That'd be pretty awesome. But she does have a great smile.

CrankE writes:

"Hart said the decision to honor Summitt was a no-brainer." Meaning that no one used their brains? Oh and how is UT paying for this again? No brainer indeed.

voloffaith writes:

in response to CrankE:

"Hart said the decision to honor Summitt was a no-brainer." Meaning that no one used their brains? Oh and how is UT paying for this again? No brainer indeed.

Go back to bed and get up again and purpose not to be like your name...........jeepers Wally can some of you give it a rest........Great tribute and all you've got is bash Hart and denigrate Coach Summitt in the process.

Chappy writes:

Yeah, a statue makes up for getting slapped in the face and shown the door.

bUTch_please writes:

How great. A statue pales in comparison to Pat's contributions and to the hundreds of thousands of lives she touched/improved, but it's the best that can be offered.

A personal thanks as well to Hart. This is appropriate, appreciated but most importantly, timely, very timely. Well done.

voloffaith writes:

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If the so-called affadavits are for public viewing why has the kns not shown them as other documents in prior situations? HMMMM. You are <1>% and I'm a 40 watt by your grand estimation.How many more "bright" ideas do you have in your lil pouch to share? Let all this AD stuff from the past go and breathe easier and try and enjoy life than always be a debbie downer,sourpussnboots,sky is falling,we're doomed(Dr.Smith),glass half empty individual. HMMMMMM food for thought.........

madrigal writes:

It will be interesting to see if the "trademark icy stare" can be rendered in stone, instead of turning people to stone. It would take some sculptor to do that!

SummittsCourt writes:

This will be one statue that will stand for as long as the earth stands. Unlike other sports icons whose statues are torn down due to scandal, this one will stand forever.

I can't wait to see it in person. Congrats to all involved and especially congratulations to Coach Pat Summitt - The greatest basketball coach ever!

123forVOLS writes:

Very Very Very fitting for one who has done more than can be described for so many and especially the Lady Volunteers of Tennessee. I am glad to see this happening. No matter where it ends up, it will honor one of the greatest Tennesseans ever. I am totally Good with That!

ktownorange32 writes:

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What in the world is your issue lol..... we're a buncha no ones that are elated that Pat is getting, literally, put up on a pedastal. She deserves it. Let us true fans enjoy it. No need for all that mess you're spewing. There are atricles and post streams that I will debate the runnings of the AD admin, but this article should be left alone and praise given to Pat. Don't argue just to argue. At least have a reason. And that reason won't be found on this stream.

fake_basketball writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

This will be one statue that will stand for as long as the earth stands. Unlike other sports icons whose statues are torn down due to scandal, this one will stand forever.

I can't wait to see it in person. Congrats to all involved and especially congratulations to Coach Pat Summitt - The greatest basketball coach ever!

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CrankE writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Go back to bed and get up again and purpose not to be like your name...........jeepers Wally can some of you give it a rest........Great tribute and all you've got is bash Hart and denigrate Coach Summitt in the process.

Go back to the dollar store where you buy your sweeping inferrences about what other people are thinking and ask for a refund.

The article itself never states how this is being funded. Hart didn't say and KnoxNewzPravda apparently didn't ask. With UTAD being $200M in the hole, it's a fair question.

ZacharyUTK writes:

Tear down that stupid piece of phooey "whirlwind" sculpture, and put Pat's in it's place!!

antonio14313 writes:

AWESOME!!! can't wait to see it! great woman! go vols.

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realtallshorty#241669 writes:

in response to Chappy:

Yeah, a statue makes up for getting slapped in the face and shown the door.

Yeah and you'd think KNS could remove the word dave hart. He doesn't belong in the same sentence as Pat. He doesn't belong in the same room as her.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Not since General Neyland has a coach been so deserving of a statue. Of course Fulmer already had his statue in front of Shoney's..

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

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Oh yeah..

utvolfan1955 writes:

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FearTheVols1252 writes:

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FearTheVols1252 writes:

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Funny how you accuse someone of ignorance when you constantly cast judgment on Hart based on decisions he’s made without truly understanding all the factors and/or motivations that went into those decisions. That is the definition of ignorance. Sometimes department heads have to make tough, unpopular decisions to right the ship. Yet, you create assumptions and conspiracy theories based on limited knowledge for the sole purpose of trying to get a rise out of everyone. Couple that with your never-ending, often repeated complaints and it makes you twice as ignorant as anyone within this forum.

Just because I don’t spend all my free time complaining about every decision the administration makes that I may not agree with doesn’t make me any less of a fan, nor does it make me or anyone else here a ‘Daveolyte’.

You preach ignorance, yet you practice it much more than most.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

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orangecountyvols writes:

Fear the Vols 1252,

Exactly friend. Notice the # of posts being removed by the 1 % expert. Something like 90 %.

If the Vols could shoot free throws with the
frequency and accuracy of this guy's lame posts,
that would be an achievement !

Mama_Also_Calls_Me_Precious writes:

The statue idea is a great way to honor her legacy and what she has meant to wcbb, but seeing that hart is attaching his trash name to this project makes my blood boil. it's just to bad he got away with forcing out one of the most successful coaches this university has ever seen. but you have to give so much credit to CPS for handling it the way she did. maybe one day she will write a book concerning all this mess with hart, Jennings and even the geno fiasco. for now though, I'm sure her upmost priority is supporting coach warlick and the Tennessee womens basketball program. good for her!!

Mama_Also_Calls_Me_Precious writes:

And what's with the coach fulmer trash talk? I get the fat jokes, they can be really funny, but if we would have been patient and given him the chance to turn the program around, I'm sure he would have. we are now going on five years of sub par football results and are in danger of becoming a consistent losing program. maybe butch jones can save the day, but we said the same about kitten and Dooley.

Mama_Also_Calls_Me_Precious writes:

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Her sworn testimony she gave is enough for me to know what kind of person hart is. I don't need any more proof than that. I can promise you that if cronan was still womens ad, coach summit would still be head coach

Mama_Also_Calls_Me_Precious writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Fear the Vols 1252,

Exactly friend. Notice the # of posts being removed by the 1 % expert. Something like 90 %.

If the Vols could shoot free throws with the
frequency and accuracy of this guy's lame posts,
that would be an achievement !

true lady vol fans could or would never support an ad who forces hall of fame coaches out as cruelly and harshly as our man hart did. You and other fans blind support of hart is truly disgusting. It pains me to know I could be sitting next to one of you at a lady vols basketball game. Shame shame

Futurecoach16 writes:

I'm just curious if 1Percent now holds the record for most comments removed by the KNS Staff on one article.

On a related note, this is great for Summitt and the University. Well deserved.

orangecountyvols writes:

IF MAMA CALLS YOU PRECIOUS, SHE DOESN'T ASK FOR MUCH.................

Listen "precious". Try .........if you can manage it, to find any posts where I said I was a Hart, Hamilton, Dickey........or otherwise, supporter. It's very easy to criticize the AD's for any and everything that happens at a school. Since you and fortunately, a few on this site, have a hatred for the present AD, that's your problem. There are more important things in life for me than to spend an inordinate amount of time whining about an athletic director.

Mama_Also_Calls_Me_Precious writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

IF MAMA CALLS YOU PRECIOUS, SHE DOESN'T ASK FOR MUCH.................

Listen "precious". Try .........if you can manage it, to find any posts where I said I was a Hart, Hamilton, Dickey........or otherwise, supporter. It's very easy to criticize the AD's for any and everything that happens at a school. Since you and fortunately, a few on this site, have a hatred for the present AD, that's your problem. There are more important things in life for me than to spend an inordinate amount of time whining about an athletic director.

Actually, there are a huge contingent of lady vol fans that were and still are disgusted by how hart treated coach summitt. obviously there a small minority who will blindly follow hart no matter what only because they think he can somehow magically turn our spiraling athetics program around. My point was that having his name attached to this project is wildly absurd and asinine, especially after HE is the one who forced her out.

rclarkvols#224537 writes:

Also should consider renaming Chamique Holdsclaw Drive to Tameka Catchings/Candice Parker Parkway.

utvolfan1955 writes:

in response to 1Percenter:

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Thank goodness that there are at most 1percent of the people on this site and probably this earth that think like you

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to rclarkvols#224537:

Also should consider renaming Chamique Holdsclaw Drive to Tameka Catchings/Candice Parker Parkway.

Or at lest name a dead end street after her. Candace Parker Parkway?? Brilliant!

utvolfan1955 writes:

in response to 1Percenter:

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little jeffy that really hurt my feelings

utvolfan1955 writes:

in response to 1Percenter:

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wow little jeffy internet tough guy. that really hurt

utvolfan1955 writes:

in response to 1Percenter:

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please stop little jeffy. You're hurting my feelings and I'm not able to sleep at night

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