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Legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt profiled in ESPN film

by Mel Bracht Published: July 8, 2013
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ESPN profiles legendary Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt in “Pat XO,” which debuts at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
On April 18, 2012, Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in the history of the NCAA basketball, announced her resignation from Tennessee. On the same day, her son Tyler was named assistant coach of the Marquette’s women’s basketball team, his first job out of college. While the sports world reeled from the news of Pat’s early on-set Alzheimer’s, the coach and her son quietly set out to beat this challenge just as they had every other – with grace, humor and most of all, each other.
The raw, authentic portrait takes the camera from the filmmaker’s hands and places it into those who know her best. With Tyler as the lead storyteller, moving recollections are shared by assistant coaches, players like Chamique Holdsclaw, Tamika Catchings and Michelle Marciniak, fellow coach Geno Auriemma, and such admirers as Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and country singer Kenny Chesney.
The archival footage and statistical records woven into the film provide their own insights into a woman who cared about winning, but also about elevating her players and her university.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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