“Here is what Holly has done,” Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said. “Honestly, what a tough job. Seriously do you want to follow Pat Summitt?
“Holly has put her personality on that team. She jumps around the sidelines, has a lot of energy, passion, yet she's fun, has some humors wound up in all that. I think her team is feeding off that.”
But here's what Warlick hasn't done: changed the winning foundation laid by those who came before her. Warlick said she knew she could never be Pat Summitt, but she needed a way to carry on the tradition in her own way — of attacking the paint and forcing the opponent to make a tough shot like the Vols did in the first and second halves against Oklahoma.
That's the significance of the baton and the significance of this so-far Elite Eight run.
“We want to make sure we carry on that tradition,” Warlick said. “There is a new group, a new staff, but we still have the same belief that we're Tennessee and we're going to represent Tennessee and Pat Summitt to the best of our ability.”