Dozens of Pat Summitt's former Tennessee players and coaches descended on Knoxville over the weekend, making the basketball pilgrimage to say their final goodbyes to the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history.
Pat Summitt put women's basketball on her back, breaking down barriers with her indomitable spirit and demanding respect for female athletes on her way to becoming the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history.
Pat Summitt's rich legacy in women's basketball can be seen on the sidelines and in front offices throughout the college and professional ranks. At the time Summitt ended her illustrious, 38-season coaching career at Tennessee in 2012, 78 people who were mentored by her were coaching basketball or working in administrative positions associated with the game. Four years later, Summitt's coaching tree remains fruitful.
The district attorney's office has decided not to prosecute Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson and reserve defensive back Laurence "Hootie" Jones on drug and weapons charges, with the district attorney saying he didn't want to "ruin the lives" of the two football players.
A jury has convicted a former Vanderbilt football player on all counts after finding that he encouraged his teammates to rape an unconscious woman he had been dating. It took jurors a little more than four hours of deliberation Saturday before finding Brandon Vandenburg guilty on five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. In addition, he was convicted of one count of unlawful photography.
A group of 13 coaches, including Kentucky’s John Calipari, Maryland’s Mark Turgeon and West Virginia’s Bob Huggins, will join a handful of administrators and consultants to form an ad hoc committee to provide a coaching perspective to the process of seeding and bracketing the NCAA Tournament.
The Southeastern Conference anticipates continuing dialogue and maybe even broadening the scope of its “serious misconduct” rule. It might eventually be expanded to include incoming freshmen. For now, though, the league has no means of preventing Mississippi State from enrolling highly touted defensive end Jeffery Simmons.
Missouri announced Tim Jamieson’s successor as the Tigers’ baseball coach Thursday, hiring Steve Bieser from Southeast Missouri. Bieser won three Ohio Valley Conference titles in four seasons and took the Redhawks to the NCAA Tournament this spring for the first time in 14 years.
Missouri sophomore third baseman Shane Benes, who is the son of former big-league right-hander Andy Benes, has decided to leave the baseball program. Benes, a 6-foot-2 third baseman from suburban St. Louis, batted .198 with eight doubles, six home runs and 30 RBIs in 49 games for the Tigers last season.