'The Cult' bids farewell to Pat Summitt as head coach

'The Cult' bids farewell to Pat Summitt as head coach

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By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Betsy Catron and her two friends Betty Roberts and Jackie Lane have been attending Lady Vol games for decades. They always sit in row three at Thompson-Boling Arena and say they love Pat Summitt.

"We're not fans, we're a cult. We used to make banners and go to Final Four," explained Catron.

Considering their tradition, the trio said they were certainly not going to miss the official announcement when Summitt stepped down.

"We've watched the wins and the losses. It's so much a part of you, your life," Roberts said.

The women say they noticed a difference in the former coach long before her Alzheimer's diagnosis. "Sitting on row three we noticed changes in Pat last year. We thought it was arthritis. So when it was diagnosed, it answered a lot of questions," Catron said.

For so many like this group, Summitt stepping down truly marks the end of an era. "I have had so much joy sitting in these seats for so many years. It's a new journey every season," said Lane.

Now they start a new journey with new coach Holly Warlick. "We have experienced the absolute golden age of Pat and so glad we did," Catron said.

They say they have confidence in Warlick's coaching abilities. After all, they say, she's been trained by the best.

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