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Woody Paige's Big Idea: The Pat Summitt NCAA Women's Basketball Trophy

During a recent visit to Knoxville, famed Denver Post and ESPN sportswriter Woody Paige shared this Big Idea.
As a longtime friend of Lady Vols Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt, Paige recommends the NCAA Women’s Basketball Trophy be named the Summitt Award in recognition of her tremendous positive influence on the sport of women’s basketball similar to the NFL’s decision to name the trophy awarded to the Super Bowl winner after Vince Lombardi.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhVBSJcNDUc
As an alumnus who studied journalism at UT in the 60’s, he certainly has a loyalty to the university. However, his respect for Pat Summitt goes well beyond this.  He cites Summitt’s integrity and high-standards as a compass for those who wish to reach the highest level of achievement in women’s college basketball – the summit of the sport.
Paige recommends that others who concur with this idea sign a petition to the NCAA at http://www.change.org/patsummitt.
The College of Communication and Information (CCI) fully supports this effort, and CCI Dean Mike Wirth is asking all UT alumni, faculty, staff and students, especially the CCI family, to join this effort and sign the petition.   When you have added your name, go to the CCI Facebook page and “like” the article about this Big Idea.