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Here are the things people will be saying about Pat Summitt for generations: That she is the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history; that she brought eight NCAA National Championships home to Knoxville, more than any other women’s coach; that she medaled in the Olympics as both a player and a coach; that she graduated 100 percent of the players who completed eligibility with the Lady Vols; that she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, by President Obama.
It’s a tidy, inspiring paragraph, all of it true — but Pat Summitt is so much more than that.
For practically my whole life strangers have been playfully jeering at me when they catch a glimpse of my bright orange ball caps and t-shirts. Because Pat Summitt means something even to people who don’t know anything else about women’s basketball. She has changed the lives of the 117 women who played for her and the lives of countless girls who grew up adoring her.
Folks here hate the UT football team, and for a long time it didn’t matter when I tried to explain that my UT support was all women’s basketball. People sing “Glory, glory to Old Georgia, and to hell with Tennessee! She has changed the hearts and minds of people who have never even heard of Title IX.
She smiled at me during a scrimmage game and told me I had a nice cross-over.
Last week, when Pat Summitt announced that she was stepping down as the University of Tennessee head coach after 38 years, due to her very public early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis, it felt an awful lot like being punched in the heart.
I am heartbroken that my time has ended in Ruston, but because of my respect for the institution, it is best that I resign.
I am hopeful the media and the public will respect the privacy of my family and me as we deal with this difficult situation I have caused.”Summitt married his high school girlfriend An De Ragsdale on June 1, 2013, and Louisiana Tech hired him in April 2014 after two seasons as assistant coach at Marquette.
She has changed the very nature of women’s athletics.
As for me, the closeted little gay girl with gangly arms and dirt under her fingernails, Summitt once wrote: “When you chose to be a competitor, you choose to be a survivor.”And so I survived.Her head coaching presence will be sorely missed, but her legacy is like her icy blue sideline stare: Even after she looks away, we’ll still feel the burn.