Sunday, October 07, 2012

Pat Summitt statue unveiled during homecoming celebration in Martin

The University of Tennessee Martin on Saturday unveiled statues honoring former coach Nadine Gearin, retired women's athletic director Bettye Giles and former UT Martin player and UT Knoxville women's basketball coach Pat Summitt.

Speaking less than three minutes, Pat Summitt called her time at the University of Tennessee Martin the best thing that ever happened to her.

A hall of fame basketball coach and winner of eight NCAA basketball titles at the University of Tennessee, Summitt returned to her roots for the unveiling of statues of herself, former UTM coach Nadine Gearin and former women’s athletics director Bettye Giles on Saturday.

“What a great day,” Summitt said. “You’re here today because you love this university. You love Nadine (Gearin) and Bettye (Giles) and that’s what it’s about.”

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