By LARRY VAUGHT
Tennessee football coach Butch Jones opened his remarks at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala., today with a tribute to the late Pat Summit, the long-time women’s basketball coach at Tennessee.
“I want to start today off and talk about one of the greatest coaches of all time, regardless of the sport, and that’s Tennessee’s very own Coach Pat Summitt. And I’m very, very grateful for the time that I was able to spend with her,” Jones said.
“We spent a lot of time together just talking about everything, and we talk about coaching is creating change, changing young adults, and she was able to do that and I’m very blessed and fortunate.
“Every day I start my morning off, I look outside my window and I look down at her statue. And so I wanted to make sure I spoke about that, because she’s near and dear to all of our hearts. And everything is about excellence and leaving a legacy, and she definitely did that.
“I don’t want to overlook all of the hard work and all of the effort by our coaches and our staff, our players the past few years. We talk about everything having a compound effect, everything adds up and becoming 1 percent better each and every day.”