Long before I rooted for the Golden Eagles or the Buckeyes, I rooted for the Vols of Tennessee.
The Morris family called Knoxville home in the ‘70s. My dad taught Air Force ROTC at Tennessee. One floor below his office was the basketball court and the office of Pat Head.
Nowadays, you know Pat Head as Pat Summitt. And now, we all know Pat Summitt as the only coach in college basketball history, in either the men’s or women’s game, to earn 1000 wins. The grand victory came, moments ago, in a win over Georgia’s Lady Bulldogs by a score of 73-43.
The accolades are coming in fast and furious. So I’ll keep this one short.
Coach Summitt, Knoxville always holds a special place in the hearts of the Morris family. You continue to make residents of Knoxville, past and present, proud. Here’s hoping the ninth championship is just around the bend.
And yes, as you told ESPN’s Kenny Mayne in a “This is SportsCenter” promo, you do have this coaching thing down pat.