Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt honored by Tennessee House of Representatives

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Lawmakers have passed a resolution honoring University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, who led the Lady Vols to the 2008 NCAA championship.

The House resolution was sponsored by Democrat Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley, who called Summitt "the greatest coach in America."

Pegram Republican Phillip Johnson told fellow representatives to remember that "when it came to bringing a national championship to Tennessee, the right man for the job was a woman."

Summitt told the legislators the 2008 team was unique in that "never in the history of the WNBA has a team had five starters go in the WNBA draft."

House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh also praised Summitt's 100 percent graduation rate for all players who have finished their careers at UT.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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