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She said at the team's Media Day a few weeks ago: "I've never compromised at all, and I wouldn't. And if I did, they should fire me." That's Pat Summitt and that's how she rolls. But Deadspin is not satisfied and wrote:
The News Sentinel building is not as cool to visit as the ESPN headquarters in Bristol? OK, I'll grant you, the News Sentinel building is not a hot spot in Knoxville even on Coffee Friday at SING (Scripps Interactive Newspaper Group).
After the media day comment, Jimmy Hyams at Knoxville's WNML asked her to clarifyher remarks. Some believed she was taking a dig at her Tennessee colleague. "I didn't have Bruce Pearl on my mind," Summitt explained. "I probably had Connecticut on my mind. There's a reason we don't play them." Maybe this was a bad joke. But it reads as airy condescension, with no context or explanation given, and that's a good way to stir up an over-stirred debate.
It's unclear, really, what Summitt believes Auriemma is guilty of. UConn self-reported the only known NCAA infringement in its women's program's history, when then-recruit Maya Moore was given a tour of the ESPN headquarters in Bristol in October 2005 (ESPN then self-reported the story. How meta!). It was deemed a secondary violation. Perhaps Summitt (who lost out to Auriemma in the recruiting battle for two-time Player of the Year Moore) just can't let that go. It was cheating. It was unfair. Where could she have brought Moore in Knoxville -- the News Sentinel mailroom?
But touring Dollywood arm-in-arm with Dolly Parton would be. There are lots of things to do in Knxoville that would be more fun. What's on your "Cooler than a Visit to ESPN Headquarters" list?