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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:
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?
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).
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?