Tennessee faced the Ohio Bobcats Saturday, but the bigger story might lie in the half-time show the Volunteers band put on.
That “P” and “Pat” point to none other than legendary and iconic Volunteers women’s basketball head coach Pat Summitt, who died June 28 battling early on-set dementia.
“Legendary” isn’t just buttering it up, though: the former Vols coach amassed 1,098 career wins, the most in NCAA basketball history, men’s or women’s basketball.
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, second on the list, trails Summitt by 55 wins, sitting at 1,043 himself.
Winner of eight NCAA championships, Summitt has left an indelible on the University of Tennessee and on the world of college basketball, let alone the women’s side of the sport.
Tennessee’s women’s basketball team, now under the direction of Holly Warlick, an assistant of Summitt’s from 1985 up until her retirement in 2012, has considerably fallen off, without a presence on polls for the upcoming season.