Some of the best players ever to play for coach Pat Summitt at Tennessee traveled to Knoxville in recent days to hold the hand of the legendary coach who is struggling in her brave battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
-- The visiting coach emerged from the northeast tunnel of Tennessee’s Thompson-Boling Arena to a standing ovation on Saturday.With around 10 minutes left until tipoff, the coach waved to the crowd as he walked along the edge of the Volunteers’ home court.A trip to Tennessee really wasn’t a road game for first-year Auburn coach Bruce Pearl. From 2005-11, the coach enjoyed a remarkably successful six-year run at the helm of the Vols, where he led the program to NCAA tournament berths in each season and helped claim Tennessee’s first No. Pearl made UT basketball both fun and relevant, two adjectives that hadn’t been associated with Tennessee in decades.Much of Pearl’s success is ancient history now, and Saturday marked his first return as an opposing coach.The University of Tennessee named both its basketball court and a plaza on campus in her honor and erected a statue of her in that plaza in 2013. #Pray For Pat Praying for all my Tenn sis as well????????
Shortly after her diagnosis in 2011, she founded the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund aimed at raising money for Alzheimer’s research.