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Scoggins: Former Gophers assistant coach remembers Summitt's influence

Sad day for many people around the country with news that legendary Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt has died at age 64.

I will post a column online later with my memories of Summitt and what she meant to women's basketball, my home state of Tennessee and my time covering her as a beat writer at the UT student newspaper.

But I wanted to share a message I received from my friend Jody Adams, who played for Summitt and was her point guard on the 1991 national championship team.

I grew up with Jody in the same hometown and attended UT at the same time. We had several conversations this past weekend about Summitt and I'll share some of Jody's insight in my column. Jody is now the head women's basketball coach at Wichita State.

Jody, who was an assistant at Minnesota under Cheryl Littlejohn in the late 1990s, texted me this beautiful tribute to Summitt that she wrote on her Facebook account early this morning.

My condolences go out to the entire Summitt family and a never-ending appreciation for you all supporting  your daughter, sister, wife and mother in her career.  We all know how much extra time and energy she gave us as players, coaches and others throughout the world. So, being a former player and now a coach,  I want to say thank you for allowing us to be an extension of your family and sharing that precious time and energy of Pat's with us. There's no doubt she rubbed off on us!


1. Her VISION was huge for you.

2. Pat could ENERGIZE and MOTIVATE you to do anything.

3. She BELIEVED in you.

4. She CARED so she did MORE for you and told you the TRUTH (which hurt sometimes) ��


6. She wanted you to reach your GREATNESS and held you ACCOUNTABLE to that.

7.  She was THANKFUL and taught you to pay it forward.

8. She was HUMBLE but CONFIDENT because she knew she would outwork you and taught you to do the same.

9. She taught you to LOVE and take care of what you invested in, so you would keep growing!

10. She changed the world and the game of basketball. 1 by 1. 161 players she changed our life.

Thank you Pat for trusting a little 5'4 kid from Cleveland, TN to be apart of the Lady Vol family. We know we are a chosen few.  Your legacy will continue to live through all of us!

R.I.P. You are whole again.

I love you Coach!


Here's a postscript to Jody's memories that she shared with me this weekend. Summitt wrote Jody a letter after graduation thanking her for being one of the most competitive players she ever coached. Jody keeps that letter in her home.

Scoggins: Stewart's state tournament streak continues with Lakeville North

High school athletes are lucky if they get to participate in one state tournament in their career.

Lakeville North senior Drew Stewart has played in nine consecutive state tournaments in three different sports.

Stewart scored six points in Lakeville North’s 60-49 victory against Maple Grove in a Class 4A quarterfinal at Target Center.

That pushed his state tournament streak to nine in a row – four in basketball, three in football and two in baseball.

His streak actually stands at 10 because he was a freshman member of Lakeville North’s football team that advanced to the Prep Bowl in 2012. Stewart hardly played that season so …

“I don’t count that one,” he said. “I didn’t play any meaningful minutes.”

Stewart was a three-year starter at quarterback. He helped Lakeville North win its first boys' basketball state championship in 2014.

J.P. Macura stole the show that night with 43 points in a remarkable shooting display. Stewart nailed a corner three-pointer in the final 30 seconds to cut Hopkins' lead to one point, putting Lakeville North in position for the upset.

Stewart said that state tournament was his most memorable. He doesn’t take the others for granted.

“I know I’m very lucky to have this type of success with such a great group of guys,” he said. “I feel blessed. Without all my teammates and my coaching staffs, I don’t know if I would be here.”

 Stewart said participating in a state tournament never becomes routine, not even the ninth time.

“It never gets old coming back,” he said. “Walking through that tunnel [at Target Center] and seeing all the people here, it gives me the chills.”

His pregame nerves, however, have “dulled” with experience.

“At first, I used to be up all night, almost puking in the morning,” he said.

Stewart has a chance to extend his tournament streak to 10 – or 11, if you count the freshman year of football – with Lakeville North’s baseball team.

Asked what it would be like to not play in a state tournament, Stewart said, “I don’t know. I’ll tell you if it happens.”

Stewart signed a football scholarship with Augustana University to play quarterback.

Drew Stewart at practiced at Lakeville North High in August 2015. (Photo: Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune)

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