End of an Era at Tennessee

 

Pat Summitt is stepping aside as Tennessee’s women’s basketball coach and taking the title of ”head coach emeritus” with long-time assistant Holly Warlick being promoted to replace the sport’s winningest coach.Tennessee released a statement Wednesday announcing the move.

The 59-year-old Summitt will report to the athletic director and help the women’s program she guided to eight national titles. She says she supports Warlick, her assistant for 27 years and a three-time All-American playing for Summitt, as her replacement and wants to ensure the stability of the program.

The move comes less than a year after her diagnosis with early onset dementia-Alzheimer’s type.

”I’ve loved being the head coach at Tennessee for 38 years, but I recognize that the time has come to move into the future and to step into a new role,” said Summitt.

”I want to help ensure the stability of the program going forward. I would like to emphasize that I fully intend to continue working as head coach emeritus, mentoring and teaching life skills to our players, and I will continue my active role as a spokesperson in the fight against Alzheimer’s through the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund.

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Aggies outshine Irish!!

 

Scoring, rebounding, even making a key steal, Danielle Adams saved her best game for the biggest stage and brought Texas A&M its first national championship.

Adams scored 22 of her 30 points in a dominating second half and answered the Fighting Irish basket for basket Tuesday night to help Texas A&M bring a title to the former all-male military academy with a thrilling 76-70 victory in front of a pro-Notre Dame crowd.

 

”I knew they couldn’t stop me inside so that’s what I did, I took it inside,” Adams said.

No one was happier than Gary Blair, the outspoken A&M coach who hadn’t been in the Final Four since 1998 when he was with Arkansas. Blair bluntly said it was a good thing that top powers like Connecticut, Tennessee and Stanford weren’t in the title game.

”We don’t give up,” Blair said. ”We might not play the prettiest game in the world but it’s good for women’s basketball to see a Texas A&M and a Notre Dame in this game.”

And then his Aggies went out and proved him right.

Tyra White added 18 points for A&M, including a huge 3-pointer as the shot clock buzzer sounded to put A&M up 73-68 with 1:07 left.

The Aggies are a national championship newcomer and bullied their way through the tournament to get to the top. Like Notre Dame, the Aggies vanquished their conference rival on the way, beating Baylor in the Dallas regional final after losing to the Lady Bears three times during the season.

Adams, who had a history of vanishing in big games, did no such thing on Tuesday night, scoring the second most points ever in a championship game (Sheryl Swoopes 47, 1993).

 

Tia Jackson Resigns—Womens Tournament!!

Tia Jackson is out as coach at Washington after four lackluster seasons where she failed to turn around a lagging program.

Jackson announced her resignation on Monday after meeting with athletic director Scott Woodward.

In her first head coaching job, Jackson was hired by former athletic director Todd Turner in 2007 hoping to add what Turner called a ”spark” to the program after former coach June Daugherty was fired.

Instead, Washington went 45-75 overall in her four seasons and also saw massive roster turnover during her time in Seattle. Jackson’s teams never won more than 13 games in any of her four seasons that also featured some of the worst losses in program history.

Washington went 11-17 this past season and lost in the Pac-10 Conference tournament quarterfinals to California….When Jackson was hired in 2007, she became just the third coach at Washington in 22 years. She took over from Daugherty, who was fired despite taking the Huskies to six NCAA tournaments in 11 seasons.

But Jackson could never match Daugherty’s success and struggled her first couple of years with massive roster turnover with players leaving who were mostly recruited by Daugherty. Four players from the Huskies’ six-player recruiting class in 2007 eventually left the program.

Jackson was 24-48 in Pac-10 games. Her low point came in January 2009 when Washington lost by a Pac-10 record 77 points against Stanford, then followed up with a 28-point loss to California when Washington scored just nine points in the first half.

Jackson had one season remaining on her contract.

Whoever takes over will be charged with trying to get Washington back to the top half of the Pac-10. Washington went to the NCAA tournament 10 straight seasons between 1985 and 1995, and went another six times between 1997 and 2007 with Daugherty as head coach. In 2001, the Huskies reached the regional finals before losing to Southwest Missouri State.

”I want to thank Tia for her service to the University of Washington,” Woodward said. ”I could not have asked for a coach who committed more, worked harder, and cared more for her players. I wish Tia nothing but the best of luck in her future endeavors.”

 

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