When you think about Tennessee basketball, one name stands tall above the rest. The name of Tennessee legend Pat Summitt still holds plenty of weight with everyone involved in the sport.
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams didn’t want to miss an opportunity to pay tribute to the late Summitt during his trip to Knoxville on Sunday.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams paid tribute to the late Pat Summitt in his postgame press conference. He said he walked over and “patted the floor,” which is named after Summitt at Thompson-Boling Arena. “She was a great friend, and I even brought my daughter to Pat’s camp.”— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) December 17, 2017
“This is a pretty dog-gone good place. When I was a kid, I had strong feelings for Tennessee. It was right across the mountains from Asheville. And today I got to do one of the things I’ve always wanted to do. I walked over there at halftime and patted the floor at Pat Summitt’s name. That was really important to me. Pat was a great friend, and I even brought my daughter over here for Pat Summitt’s camp when I coached at Kansas. Rick Barnes is a great friend too. This is a good place.”
Williams’ team escaped with a win on Sunday, but this was a cool, classy moment to take in from the legendary North Carolina head coach. It goes to show how well respected Pat Summitt is to this day. I don’t think that will be changing anytime soon.