Pat Summitt is the greatest coach in the history of women’s college basketball. Over the past 34 years, she’s coached the Tennessee Volunteers to a 983-182 record, while winning eight national titles and being named the NCAA coach of the year seven times. It seemed that there was absolutely nothing on earth that could stop Summitt from getting the job done, until that one fateful night back in March of 2008.
It was on that night, March 5th, that Pat came across an opponent that she just couldn’t defeat.
Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt had offseason shoulder surgery, not for a sports injury but because of a tussle with a raccoon.
The winningest basketball coach in NCAA history had problems with her right shoulder after dislocating it while chasing a raccoon poised to attack her Labrador. The attack came near her home on March 5, just days before the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Yes, it appears that while Mrs. Summitt is a winner on the basketball court, she’s more of an Elmer Fudd when it comes to hunting wascally waccoons. Let’s all be grateful she didn’t end up shooting herself in the face.
While Summitt will begin rehabbing her shoulder next week, and hopes to be healed before the season starts, the nationwide hunt for the raccoon that did this to her rages on. Men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl promised that he wouldn’t stop making younger women incredibly uncomfortable until the raccoon is brought to justice.