Friday, March 07, 2008

Pat Summitt's run-in with a raccoon

Tennessee Lady Vols head coach Pat Summitt has tangled with some tough teams over the years, but Wednesday the run-in was with a raccoon.

Summitt had taken her golden Lab, Sally, for a late-night walk, when they encountered the raccoon on the back deck of Summitt's home.

"I momentarily lost it," Summitt said. "The raccoon was about to attack. I just knocked it off the deck, and fortunately nothing happened but a dislocated shoulder, and it's back in place."

Summitt said the shoulder would not bother her as she coaches the Lady Vols in the SEC Tournament in Nashville this weekend.

But don't expect her to take on any raccoons any time soon.

"When I realized what could have happened, it almost brought me to tears. It wasn't very smart on my part," said Summitt.

Freshman Angie Bjorklund and Cait McMahan of the Lady Vols were involved in a minor auto accident while driving to church Wednesday night.

Neither player was injured and Bjorklund will start today for the Lady Vols against Florida in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament.

McMahan is redshirting.

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