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Can Tennessee Win Without Pat Summitt?

Sports 2012/04/19 19:00:00
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One of college basketball's greatest head coaches -- male or female -- announced her retirement on Wednesday, due to health issues beyond her control. Pat Summitt has stepped down from the University of Tennessee head coaching position because of early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease and the unfortunate memory loss she is beginning to suffer as a result of dementia. This puts an end to her decorated coaching career, but certainly not an end to her positive influence on the Vols.

Summitt will serve as Head Coach Emeritus, which means while she will not be on the bench with the Vols, she will be allowed to give her input and assist the team and new head coach Holly Warlick. You better believe Warlick has some huge shoes to fill. Here are just some of Summitt's incredible accomplishments: eight NCAA Division I women's basketball championships, 16 SEC titles, eight SEC Coach of The Year awards, and seven NCAA Coach of the Year awards.

We should also mention she's a recipient of the prestigious Naismith Coach of the 20th Century Award, an Olympic Gold Medalist as a head coach (1984), a gold medalist in the Pan American Games as a player (1975), and a Basketball Hall of Famer (2000). Summitt ends her coaching career with an overall record of 1098-208 (.841). Even with the Lady Vols' recent setbacks, they have always been an NCAA threat to any opposing teams. With Pat Summitt retiring, can their new coach lead them to success?

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  • cebo 2012/07/08 21:50:13
    Yes
    cebo
    It will not be easy though, Coach Summit was a hard nut and I wouldn't want to follow right behind her.
  • Tom 2012/04/25 12:16:59
    Yes
    Tom
    As a Life Long Tennessee -- I Hope So Anyway.
  • mk, Smartass Oracle 2012/04/24 18:43:16
  • raine 2012/04/24 01:12:30
    No
    raine
    dunno don't care
  • Callaway 2012/04/21 13:18:52
    Yes
    Callaway
    +1
    The program I would guess should be in pretty good order at this point with one of her assistants taking over, the tradition is established that doesn't instantly stop because of a coaching change.
  • clasact 2012/04/21 12:24:37
    No
    clasact
    It will take several year maybe longer to find someone like her .I will always remember the classic battels between Tn and UCON
  • Dzeeng 2012/04/21 06:54:55
    Yes
    Dzeeng
  • wildcat 2012/04/21 01:53:03
    Yes
    wildcat
    +1
    She has laid the foundation for a winning tradition to continue.
  • Murph 2012/04/20 21:32:57
    Yes
    Murph
    Probably, but who really cares? It's women's basketball.
  • jacktown kid 2012/04/20 20:48:10
    Yes
    jacktown kid
    +3
    Yes they can win without her
  • Pops 2012/04/20 20:32:23
    Yes
    Pops
    +2
    Done properly this transition could go unnoticed.
  • Jdogg 2012/04/20 19:23:09
    Yes
    Jdogg
    +2
    UT will will survive and go on, the coach who replaced her has been there for more than 27 years
  • BigKwell 2012/04/20 19:03:28
    Yes
    BigKwell
    +2
    Summitt left a good replacement ready for such a situation, so I think the Lady Vols are good to go.
  • frank 2012/04/20 17:17:27
    Yes
    frank
    +1
    The real question should be will 100% of the Basketball team still graduate.
  • JohnT 2012/04/20 16:19:09
    No
    JohnT
    +1
    I don't think so, she was more than a coach she was a mentor to the players.
  • pammy choudhary 2012/04/20 16:03:22
  • cate 2012/04/20 16:00:40
    Yes
    cate
    +1
    I think they can but, for a time, the momentum may be lost.
  • Rick 2012/04/20 15:03:04
    Yes
    Rick
    +2
    She turned it into an elite program, like Kentucky or North Carolina. They'll get the best coaches and keep winning. But it's hard to follow a legend. Just ask Joe B. Hall.
  • Truth Matters 2012/04/20 12:19:57
    Yes
    Truth Matters
    +3
    Well, who knows? One thing for sure is Pat built a dynasty. The lady is one hell of a coach.

    I can't imagine a better preparation than 27 years under Pat Summit's tutelage.
  • Zuggi 2012/04/20 11:46:09
    Yes
    Zuggi
    +2
    It'll be harder, but they still have the best talent pool.
  • CAPISCE 2012/04/20 10:48:13
    Yes
    CAPISCE
    +1
    Most overrated coach ever! All the best female players go to Tennessee---not that I would ever watch girls play Basketball but that's what I read.
  • Truth M... CAPISCE 2012/04/20 12:16:11
    Truth Matters
    +2
    Most ignorant comment yet! Pat's winning record and total dominance brought the talent.
  • CAPISCE Truth M... 2012/04/20 12:41:43
    CAPISCE
    +1
    Don't care really---Women's Basketball sucks
  • Truth M... CAPISCE 2012/04/20 13:06:45
    Truth Matters
    +2
    Then why do you offer heavy-handed opinions when you have no basis for any opinion?
  • CAPISCE Truth M... 2012/04/20 13:08:02
    CAPISCE
    +1
    I tried to watch a few times----boring. High School Boys games display more talent than the WNBA
  • Truth M... CAPISCE 2012/04/20 13:13:31
    Truth Matters
    +2
    You have no answer. Your opinion is worthless.
  • CAPISCE Truth M... 2012/04/20 13:16:01
    CAPISCE
    +1
    Same opinion as anyone with the guts to tell you the truth. High School Boys would beat the WNBA teams
  • Truth M... CAPISCE 2012/04/20 20:13:10
    Truth Matters
    +2
    Why must you deflect and change subjects when you lose?
  • CAPISCE Truth M... 2012/04/20 21:38:22 (edited)
    CAPISCE
    What lose? I said a good High School boys team can beat a WNBA team and Basketball fans agree. That's a win. Nobody watches the WNBA, did you know that the TV stations require the few fans who attend the games to sit on one side of the court so they can put the cameras across from them to make it appear they have a better crowd. As far as Pat Summit, she gets the best girl players and there aren't many in Womens college baseketball so obviously she will win a lot of games. Did you know that less people watched this years women's final four than reruns on "TV Land" You watch womens Basketball, I'll watch the grass grow--to each HIS own.
  • cebo CAPISCE 2012/07/08 21:56:30
  • mark 2012/04/20 08:52:47
    Yes
    mark
    +2
    I remember Holly as a real gym rat back in our school years. She used to outrun almost all the boys in gym class.
    She was a 3 time All-American at Tennessee in her playing days.
    Can she coach?
    She has spent 27 years as an assistant coach under Pat Summitt. I'm sure she has learned plenty in that span of time. Yes , she can be a winning coach. But expecting her to be another Pat Summitt would be expecting way too much of her or anyone for that matter.
  • Space Invader 2012/04/20 02:31:00
    Yes
    Space Invader
    +2
    the new coach had a great teacher..Miss Pat...
  • bozo 2012/04/20 00:11:51
    Yes
    bozo
    +3
    yes the team & program will go on and win a lot more games.
    there will always be new players, coaches to keep the win streak alive
  • BigFig#9 2012/04/19 22:02:35
    Yes
    BigFig#9
    +2
    It's a quality program she's built....If she was BAD at what she was doing it would be all about her but they're better than that and she built a legacy ...
  • Tennessee3501 2012/04/19 21:48:08 (edited)
    Yes
    Tennessee3501
    +2
    What a shame that this question even has to be asked! Pat Summitt is and always will be the greatest. Forty years from now, I wanted her to retire with another national championship to celebrate her 100th birthday!
  • msjazz79 2012/04/19 20:45:48
    Yes
    msjazz79
    +2
    Yes it is possible, but you better believe Pat will have left one hell of a legacy to compete with, male or female to fill her shoes.
  • the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA 2012/04/19 19:51:53
    Yes
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    I say for the next few yeras Yes cause she is going to be there ,just not on a full time basis.The new coach is her understudy,so for a few more years.Yep

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