Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by Buffnik, Jun 28, 2016.
Kate Fagan's piece is a worthy tribute.
The best. A true legend.
One of the best. Hat's off to Pat.
A true legend. At least she is no longer suffering from that terrible disease.
Wow, that was quick. RIP.
We lost a legend today. RIP Pat
It's impossible to overstate how much Summit meant to the sport of basketball. An absolute legend.
This. So much this.
RIP, horrible disease.
I believe she was diagnosed about 5 years ago. But 64 is pretty young for Alzheimer's to kill someone.
She had that stare for sure. You knew when she was looking at you. If any female coach could handle the men, I think she might've been the one. RIP to one of the best ever.
On this note:
Over the years, the Lady Buffs as they were still known played the Lady Vols four times. Tennessee came to Boulder twice, we went to Knoxville once and we played them in the NCAA tourney in Iowa City. I managed to attend all four of the games. First time Tennessee came to Boulder, the unranked Lady Buffs pulled off an upset. The other three times, both teams were ranked. Two of the times, the Vols were ranked #1. No we didn't beat the Vols after that first upset, but it was still fun to play them.
I well remember in Knoxville that the player comp tickets were in the rafters. CU treats it's opponents very well because they seat their fans behind the visitor bench.
I remember well the day her diagnosis was announced. It was in August 2011. I had started a new job and we went to a welcome lunch at a sports bar. The place became silent when that came on Sportscenter.
RIP Pat Summitt
I was more referring to the report her health was declining over the weekend. Awful disease.
So many nice words and stories thrown out there for Coach Summitt. One thing I found apt was Kornheiser on PTI calling her Babe Ruth. I find that so true - there is no Ruthian coach in women's college ball aside from her. Roger Maris and Barry Bonds could break Ruth's records, like Geno has broken some of Summitt's, but he will never be Summitt to the women's game.
Yeah. Summitt is so much more than the stats on a page with her win %, conference & national titles, etc. She's on the Mt. Rushmore of importance to women's sports in the US.
Yes and, much as I sometimes disliked her disdain at where her teams had been placed in the NCAA tournament, I have great respect for Pat. It takes somebody like Pat who became the head coach at age 22, in the days before Title IX to do what she did. Nobody, including Geno, compares to the barriers she broke.
Pretty much like Ceal. Ceal came to CU at a very young age in the days before Title IX. She was not Pat Summitt, but she put CU women's basketball on the map for about 10 years. It had dropped off before she retired.
in fairness, the value of a UT women's ticket when Pat Summitt was coach was quite a bit more than that of a CU women's ticket
Completely and totally agreed. Great comment.
I recently told JR of something I heard Bobby Knight say in an interview shortly after Pat became ill. "Pat Summitt is the best ever. The rest of us are just pretenders."
We were ranked 7th in the country and had a large following. La Tech did the same thing to us. Those two teams gave player comps the worst seats during CU's glory years.
Iowa's player comps were also horrible but CU was not a good team. However, they do play good teams.
CU has always had player comp seats behind the visitor's bench as long as I remember, at least on the women's side. Did on the men's side when I was a season ticket holder, but I stopped those when Chauncey left.
It's the right thing to do. Why act like bush leaguers when you want to be perceived as big time?
ESPN's Mechelle Voepel did a nice job with her piece on the celebration eulogy for Pat Summit. The video playlist of all the speeches are very moving. The way she touched so many lives is what makes sports great and can make coaching such a noble profession.
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