After waking up to rumors of Will and Jada possibly have separated, to earthquakes in DC and Virginia, to listening to Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt announce that she has been diagnosed with dementia (Alzheimer’s type). As a long-standing Lady Vols fan, this has hit like a ton of bricks. Watching all the love pour in from former players and coaches around the country, including Uconn’s Geno Auriemma, makes me face the possibility of Lady Vols without Pat earlier than I ever wanted to. At the young age of 59, this is not the news I thought I would be hearing concerning Pat Summitt. But just like the courageous coach who has done more for women basketball than anyone in the history of the sport, I am not going to be the one leading the “pity” party. Coach Summitt is not dying! This is just another obstacle she must face in her life, but because of her faith in God, I stand believing with her, that He has her best interest at heart, and I know He still in the healing business. So I say to coach Summitt and the Lady Vols family, time to strap up tight, because this is going to be a season to remember. The ladies have an even bigger motivation to get the job done, and I know that no one will give less than their best this season.
I remember when the Lady Vols were recruiting Bria Smith earlier this season, after she opted out of her commitment to Virginia, and the guard said her reason for not going was because she did not know how long Coach Summitt would be the coach at Tennessee, now this makes me wonder, if maybe the information was shared at that time? Nonetheless, #9 will be hoisted by the Lady Vols in 2012.
NICE INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR SALLY JENKINS OF THE WASHINGTON POST