Simply known as “The Rock” to Tennessee students and supporters, a large rock located at the corner of Volunteer Boulevard and Pat Head Summitt Street has become a well-known Knoxville landmark through the years.
Whether it be a message to fire a football coach or intimidate an opponent coming into town, various artists always seem to know just the right thing to paint on the rock to symbolize the feelings and attitude of the Tennessee campus at that moment in time.
So it was no surprise that a picture of The Rock emerged on Friday morning to reveal the latest artist rendering.
This one honors Pat Summitt, who was the legendary coach of the Lady Vols women’s basketball team for 38 years, following her death on Tuesday morning:
— Sara Mitchell (@SaraMitchellTV) July 1, 2016
It is nothing flashy, just a classy, straightforward tribute to a pioneer of women’s athletics.
But in some ways, that is a perfect tribute to Summitt, who inspired so many with her relentless, straightforward approach to coaching basketball.
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