Jan 28, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers athletic director Dave Hart and Lady Volunteers head coach emeritus Pat Summitt stand in front of a banner being raised in her honor at Thompson-Boling Arena before the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Pat Summitt Excited About Documentary And More


From Go Vols Xtra

Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters couldn’t go everywhere to film footage for their documentary on Pat Summitt.

Their cameras, on the other hand, could.

So the film’s co-directors conceived an ambitious plan.

“Let’s get cameras, send them out and see what we get,” Lax said.

The return on their approach was rich with stories, people and emotions revolving around the Tennessee women’s basketball coaching legend, who stepped down after the 2011-12 season. Summitt announced the previous August that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.


From Tennessee Sports Radio

Phillip Fulmer doesn’t like me.

That’s understandable. I covered his program from 1999 to 2008. Most were good years. Two were not. When things go bad – as they did for a second time in 2008 – there’s a natural adversarial relationship between sports figures and media.
Fulmer’s two losing seasons led to his firing in 2008. Blame whomever you want: the media, former offensive coordinator Dave Clawson or, simply, Fulmer. Nevertheless, it happened and it was ugly.
Oregon furthered its reputation as one of the top offensive programs in the nation in 2012, piling up at least 42 points in every regular-season win and topping the 50-point plateau an astonishing seven times. Former coach Chip Kelly’s famous fast-paced, spread offense failed to deliver only once last year in a 17-14 overtime loss to Stanford, a defeat that likely cost the Ducks a chance at going to the national title game. Oregon “settled” for a trip to the Fiesta Bowl where it easily dismissed Kansas State 35-17.

Cuonzo Martin’s Tennessee basketball team didn’t believe the summer project he had for them when they first heard the number. He told them to believe it.

The theory was simple. Make shots. The number seemed unrealistic. Make 30,000 shots. And do it before August 10.



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