published Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Summitt believes she should be fired if she violates NCAA rules

HOOVER, Ala. — It’s a good thing for University of Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl that Lady Vols counterpart Pat Summitt isn’t also the school’s athletic director.

Currently embroiled in an NCAA investigation into recruiting violations, Pearl has already had his salary cut and been removed from off-campus recruiting.

But as she took her turn at the Southeastern Conference’s basketball media day on Thursday, Summitt had no doubt which direction UT should go if she was ever guilty of recruiting wrongs.

“I’ve never compromised at all, and I wouldn’t,” said Summitt, who has won eight national championships and graduated almost every one of her players. “(But) if I ever did (break rules), they should fire me.”

Of course, Summitt was also quick to suggest that she was not suggesting a similar fate for Pearl.

“This is a difficult time for all of us,” she said. “But I’m going to support Bruce. We all make mistakes.”

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Livn4life said...

Yeah well it might become a suggestion if the NCAA hammers the UT men's bastketball team. Personally, I hope that doesn't happen. But with the NCAA one never knows! By the way, IF Coach Summitt did cheat, I would not want to be the one who had to fire her!

October 21, 2010 at 1:43 p.m.
Abe said...

This is an odd headline and story. It's written from a perspective that is way too "inside baseball." (Or basketball.)

"Summitt believes she should be fired if she violates NCAA rules"

Step back, look at the headline, and do you see that most readers would think it's saying that Summitt must have been accused of some wrongdoing. Well, no, it turns out she was just making an everyday comment that anyone would make -- sure, if I broke the rules, I'd be fired. The story just doesn't give enough information to explain what she may meant by this.

October 21, 2010 at 7:34 p.m.
Abe said...

Sorry to pile on, but of course the headline also states a fact that's not verifiable. Who knows what Summitt believes? The most we may know is what Summitt says.

October 21, 2010 at 7:36 p.m.
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