KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, right, presents Kentucky coach and her
former assistant coach, Mickie DeMoss, a crystal vase for her years of
service while at the university before their game Sunday, Jan. 23,
2005 in Knoxville, Tenn.
I rarely have anything nice to say about the University of Tennessee, in fact this is probably a first, but this was a gracious gesture by Coach Summitt and UT. Of course, the niceness ended at the tip-off as the Vols raced to a 22-2 lead and coasted the rest of the way home.
Coach DeMoss has brought excitement back to UK’s women’s basketball program after years of cellar-dwelling in the SEC. Attendance and season ticket sales are at record levels. (My sister and brother are two of the season ticket holders for the first time ever.) Carrying on from her record as UT’s top recruiter, Mickie has assembled a talented, but young, squad at UK that will be a threat to traditional powerhouses like Tennessee, LSU, and Georgia in coming years. Already this season, UK upset Georgia, the first time in 5 years that the Cats beat a ranked opponent. The best is yet to come.