With the passing of legendary Tennessee Volunteers coach Pat Summitt, some pretty remarkable stories have come out.
The latest Summitt story comes to us from Scott Altizer, the senior associate athletic director at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, via Wes Rucker of 247Sports.
Altizer spent 20-plus years working at Tennessee and one time brought a four-star wide receiver who was considering attending Tennessee to chat with Summitt.
Summitt basically ended the unnamed player’s recruiting process.
“It was quite common for many recruits and dignitaries to ask to see her when they came to campus. We had a four-star receiver who was down to us and one other school in his decision, and he was excited to meet Coach Summitt,” Altizer told Rucker. “I had the task of taking him to meet her, and this is no lie, as we walked in Coach Summitt stood up and said, ‘Is this the guy who can’t figure out the difference in Tennessee and (the other school)?’
“She studied the folder we sent her about him and was on him like white on rice — ‘Have you watched us play ball? And have you see the way we throw the ball around? It makes me wonder if you really need to come here if you’re having trouble figuring out the difference between here and (the other school).’
“At this point I was standing there with my mouth open, and the kid was dumbfounded. He couldn’t say anything. Those eyes of hers danced, and she really let him have it.”
According to Altizer, the prospect had heard enough. He committed to Tennessee that evening. Summitt died on Tuesday at the age 64 after a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.