Pat Summitt Plaza dedication
For the fans who gathered under gray threatening skies and the former Tennessee women’s basketball players who lined up behind her, Friday morning was all about Pat Summitt.
Summitt thought differently.
The UT coaching legend, who was honored with the dedication of the Pat Summitt Plaza and the unveiling of her statue, said the day was those in attendance.
“I want everyone to know from me today is not about me,” Summitt said. “It’s about everyone out here that loves the University of Tennessee. We hope and pray we can continue to do great things.
“I want everyone to know how much I appreciate what’s happened today. I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. I love you all.”
A crowd of approximately 1,000 gathered for the occasion. Dozen of former players were among the turnout.
After concluding her remarks, Summitt, her son Tyler and former Lady Vol Tamika Catchings pulled the covering off the statue. Current Lady Vol Isabelle Harrison, who stands 6-foot-3, assisted with getting the covering off the top.
The statue shows Summitt with her arms folded and a wry smile on her face. Her signature adorns the wall behind the statue. The length of her coaching career is chronicled, along with her coaching record and the eight national championships.
More details later online and in Saturday’s News Sentinel.