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Summitt, UT a stepping stone to coaching ranks

Updated: March 20, 2005, 4:19 PM ET
By Melanie Jackson | Special to ESPN.com

Tennessee coach Pat Summitt had her own game to worry about.

The Lady Vols would face Vanderbilt in the SEC semifinals in South Carolina's Bi-Lo Center in just a couple hours. But for a second, the typically intense and focused Summitt might have allowed her attention to wander back to her home state.

That afternoon in Chattanooga, Tenn., coach Kellie (Jolly) Harper had just led underdog Western Carolina to a double-overtime win in the Southern Conference tournament final, clinching ...

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