Thursday, April 19, 2012

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Pat Summit honored, Steve Spurrier vs. Urban Meyer, Nick Saban in D.C., and more.

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) 

In Your Honor.
Joe Solomon celebrates the career of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, who retired today after leading the Lady Volunteers to eight NCAA women's basketball tournament championships in her coaching career. (The Birmingham News)

The Game Changer.
Gene Wojciechowski discusses how Summit changed women's basketaball not just for Tennessee, but for the sport in general. (ESPN)

Let's Get Physical.
Tennessee is becoming a more physical team, according to Vols' offensive coordinator Jim Chaney. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

A strong show of support. 
Arkansas receives a $1 million dollar donation from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation in the name of Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long in the wake of the firing of ex-head football coach Bobby Petrino. (USA Today)

Mr. Saban goes to Washington.
Alabama head football coach describes how big of an honor it is for he and the 2011 BCS champion Crimson Tide to be able to visit the White House on Thursday, (The Tuscaloosa News)

Straightening things out at Georgia. 
Georgia HC Mark Richt says that issues involving suspended players like Bacarri Rambo will be able to turn things around and learn from their mistakes. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Coming out of the rain.
Rainy conditions in Starkville followed Mississippi State into its indoor practice facility, where "the effects of slippery fields and wet gloves" led to what Bulldogs HC Dan Mullen called a "sloppy" practice. (The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

Living in the Past.
George Diaz looks at the debate over whether Steve Spurrier or Urban Meyer was the greatest coach in Gator history. Spurrier wins hands down, despite Meyer's two BCS titles to his pre-BCS "national championship." (The Orlando Sentinel)

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