Thursday, January 24, 2013

Lipscomb women's basketball lends its backing to a coaching legend

By Jerome Boettcher

When she stepped into a basketball arena, most television cameras captured the way Pat Summitt controlled a room, or, more appropriately, a court.

“Everybody knows the blue eyes and that stare,” Greg Brown said.

In just two years as an assistant for Summitt and Tennessee, though, Brown got to see a gentler, lighter side of the legendary basketball coach. Brown, now the head coach at Lipscomb, recalls a team trip to Greece and how his then-four-month old son, Cole, wouldn’t stop crying while on a bus.

“He was crying and scrumming around and Pat said, ‘Hey, give me that baby. Let me put him to sleep.’ And it was instant,’ ” Brown said. “Her sense of humor, all those type of things, you don’t get a chance to see unless you’re with her every day. She loves kids. She loves dogs. She loves a good joke. Those are the things I remember as much anything.”

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