So, back at work and recovering from a nice little lung thingy, and suddenly women’s basketball’s “dead” period is mighty lively.
FALSE: Connecticut Sun coach puts the kibosh on reports that he interviewed for the USC (CA) job: @CurtMillerWBB :Flattering to have name linked to the USC job but reports are UNTRUE about interviewing. Excited about training camp & our young SUN roster
TRUE: Kiah Gillespie is transferring from Maryland
TRUE: Jenna Staiti is transferring from Maryland
TRUE(?): Kaela Davis and Allisha Gray are declaring for the WNBA draft (though they can un-declare)
TRUE: That was Doris Burke’s last Women’s Final Four. She joins Dishin & Swishin’s Podcast to put a wrap on the college season with Doris Burke
Carolyn Peck was so focused on her players after Purdue beat Duke in the 1999 women’s basketball championship that when a reporter asked her what it meant to be the first African-American coach to win a title, Peck realized that she’d never thought about it.
She recalled the coaches who came before her: Marian Washington (Kansas), Marianna Freeman (Syracuse) and C. Vivian Stringer (Rutgers). Then she thought about her English teacher at Jefferson County High School in Dandridge, Tennessee.
“She said to me, ‘When you do an outline, you never have a one unless there’s going to be a two,’ ” said Peck, now an associate head coach at Vanderbilt. “When I was described as the first, that meant there was going to be a second.
Thirteen years ago: Kara Lawson: Sacramento Kings Called Me Distraction, Kept Me Out Of Practice
So you go back 13 years ago and I say, what if they had let me in? Where am I now? Who knows? Maybe I’m an assistant on a staff. Maybe I’m in a front office. Maybe I’m still doing TV. But when you deny the opportunity for somebody, and then you sit back and say there are no candidates—when people say to me, when people ask me if I think things will change—people need to say yes to someone who’s interest in learning, who’s interested in growing, who’s interested in being a coach.”
In a similar vein: ESPN’s Maria Taylor on the invaluable role of athletics
Still reflecting: Tiffany Mitchell pours her heart out: ‘The sacrifices were unbelievable’
This story has more legs than it should. Kind of distracts from Dawn/South Carolina’s accomplishment: Mississippi State’s title-game benching of ‘Itty Bitty’ causes big stir.
Sue weighs in: Vic Schaefer is quite capable of running his team
And then there was this: Alaina Coates issues statement addressing ‘unprofessionalism’