The news of Holly Warlick’s firing as Lady Vols head coach spread quickly through Vol Nation on Wednesday, as some of her now former players weighed in on the decision.
“It’s a sad thing that happened, but we have to just move forward and hope for the best,” said freshman guard Jazmine Massingill.
“Yeah, I agree. I think you know nobody wants somebody to lose their job, especially with all the people that it affects, but I just feel like you know Philip Fulmer has true intentions on getting this program to where it needs to be,” said sophomore guard/forward Rennia Davis.
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Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer announced the university would be parting ways with Warlick, saying that while she loves Tennessee and has devoted most of her adult life to the Lady Vols basketball program, he is “charged with doing what I believe is best for this storied program. It’s important to all of us that Lady Vols basketball maintains its status among the elite.”
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The players WATE 6 On Your Side spoke with say they understand the decision.
“The guys know we are in full support regardless of what’s going on, so with that being said I mean we wish for them the best,” said Massingill.
“What Philip Fulmer said. She deserves all the respect in the world,” Davis said.
Fans on campus say they were not surprised by the news itself, but more by the timing. The announcement was made just one day before the men’s team plays Purdue in the Sweet 16.
“The timing, I mean I feel like it was going to happen especially after the first round loss. I felt like it was happening soon, I thought it was going to happen earlier in the week to be honest because the players we have and we haven’t been a dominant team in a while and I guess that’s the Vols standard,” said fan Antwan Avant Jr.
Warlick was named coach of the Lady Vols in 2012 following Pat Summitt’s retirement. She previously served as an assistant coach and a player with the team.