How ironic that on the day I was told in New York that a well-meaning third party was trying to bring UConn and Tennessee back together that Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt put another wedge into the fractured relationship.
You may have heard or read that Summitt said Thursday at the SEC women's basketball media day in Birmingham that if she "compromised" recruiting rules she should be fired.
Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt greets fans during a national championship celebration on April 1, 1991, at Thompson-Boling Arena.
The Lady Vols won their third national title in five years with a 70-67 victory over Virginia.
Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt leads the cheers after winning the Women's NCAA National Championship 67-44 against Louisiana Tech on March 29, 1987, in Austin, Texas.
Celebrating are players, from left, Melissa Mc Cary, Kathy Spinks, Bridgette Gordon, and Dawn Marsh.
Summitt also won two Olympic medals: a gold as head coach of the 1984 U. women's basketball team and a silver as a player on the 1976 team.
She was named the Naismith Basketball Coach of the Century in 2000.
Looking on are, from left, UT President Ed Boling, womens athletic director Joan Cronan, Lady Vol Sheila Frost and Lady Vol Melissa Mc Cray.
She won eight NCAA championships (a NCAA women's record when she retired), a number surpassed only by the 10 titles won by UCLA men's coach John Wooden and the 11 titles won by UConn women's coach Geno Auriemma.
She was the first NCAA coach, and one of four college coaches overall, with at least 1,000 wins.
In 2012, Summitt was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2012 ESPY Awards.
Summitt wrote three books, all with co-author Sally Jenkins: Reach for the Summitt, which is part motivational book and part biography; Raise the Roof, about the Lady Vols' 1997–1998 undefeated and NCAA-championship winning season; and Sum It Up, covering her life including her experience being diagnosed and living with Alzheimer's disease.