How important was Pat Summitt to women’s sports and beyond?


The news of Pat Summitt’s death hit hard in more places than just Tennessee, including the SEC and sports in general.

Co-hosts Braden Gall and Chris Childers, both Tennessee residents, reflected on the life of the legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach in their most recent “Braden and Childers” podcast.

“I appreciated her so much and it so sad to see her go at such a young age,” Childers said. “I think there was so much coaching left in her at 64.”

Gall attended the University of Tennessee and interviewed Summitt over the phone “a couple of times” during his career. He said the legendary coach’s compares favorably to a few other famous sports icons because of the way she transcended sports.

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“I think it is hard to put into words what she means to an entire cross-section of our population, which is women,” Gall said. “She is to women, what (Muhammad) Ali and Jackie Robinson were to African Americans. She was a pioneer, and because of the work she did, we no longer need another Pat Summitt in that role.”

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Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I men’s or women’s college basketball history, has often been credited with playing a leading part in growing not only Tennessee's women's basketball program, but all of women’s sports.

They also compared Summitt to Alabama coach Nick Saban in terms of the way she handled herself while coaching.

In addition to remembering Summitt, the guys also take a look at the Cam Robinson situation at Alabama. Both Robinson and teammate Hootie Jones were arrested in May on drug and weapons charges but later had all charges dropped on June 20.

Despite that, they ask if the players should be suspended, and how Alabama might choose to handle the situation in light of Mississippi State’s recent decision to admit Jeffery Simmons “under conditions”?

The pair also get into the news of Auburn scheduling a home-and-home series with Penn State, Tim Tebow comforting a family on an airplane and former Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers getting as far as he has on ABC’s "The Bachelorette."

You can listen to the full podcast below.

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