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.”
Mark Wiedmer started work at the Chattanooga News-Free Press on Valentine’s Day of 1983. At the time, he had to get an advance from his boss to buy a Valentine gift for his wife. Mark was hired as a graphic artist but quickly moved to sports, where he oversaw prep football for a time, won the “Pick’ em” box in 1985 and took over the UTC basketball beat the following year. By 1990, he was ...