"I think it's wonderful she's staying strong and being part of the university. I think it's super," said Barry Schofield.
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville residents shared their thoughts Wednesday about the news that legendary Lady Vols Basketball Coach Pat Summitt is stepping down and handing over the reins to Assistant Coach Holly Warlick.
Fans said they were saddened by the news, though not entirely surprised. But they told 6 News they were glad Summitt is staying on with the Lady Vols in some capacity.
"We read a little about it and it's very sad. It's really sad. Pat has been the face of Lady Vols basketball for so many years, run such a wonderful and great program, has been such an example for the state of Tennessee and sports and such a good reflection on the state of Tennessee and Tennessee Athletics, so it's really sad to see her step down but I know she'll still play a large part in Lady Vols basketball and we'll keep her as long as we can keep her," said Knoxville resident Kathy Richards.
"What a great thing. Obviously she's an institution here in Knoxville and at the university. It's tough. I've had family members that have gone through similar problems like she has. I think it's wonderful she's staying strong and being part of the university. I think it's super," said fan Barry Schofield.
"She's a great leader, and as a great leader she's made the right decision based on the circumstances. In order to give 100% to her players and her fans, I think she's doing the right thing. She feels she can't give 100% and she's stepping down, but still gets involved. I think she's doing what feels right to her and I think she's honorable like the great leader she's always been. That's great," said Frederic Leyed.