Tennessee's Pat Summitt gets head start on 2011-12

Summitt and her Lady Volunteers program didn

Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt calls a play during the first half of an NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional semifinal against Ohio State, Saturday, March 26, 2011 in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee coach Pat Summitt is getting a head start on next season.

Summitt and her Lady Volunteers program didn't reach the Final Four for a third straight year, the longest drought in nearly two decades. To make sure her current junior class doesn't become the first in Tennessee history to never make a national semifinals appearance, Summitt has been making a few changes and imposing extra demands on her players.

She's promised to shorten the deep rotation that was the hallmark of Tennessee's 34-3 season. She's also named forwards Glory Johnson and Alicia Manning and guard Taber Spani as team captains for next season, hoping that their emphasis on defense and putting extra hours in the gym will inspire their teammates to do the same.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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