Pat Summitt video coverage

Pat Summitt at the book signing

Pat Summitt's memoir was released Tuesday, and the head coach emeritus appeared at a local bookstore to sign copies for fan. Go inside with InsideTennessee for coverage of the event, including video.

Pat Summitt arrived 15 minutes early for her scheduled appearance at the Knoxville Barnes & Noble – which quickly sold out of her book, "Sum it Up," written by the Lady Vol legend and longtime co-author Sally Jenkins – and immediately got to work greeting fans and autographing copies.

The line wrapped around the bookstore shelves, and Summitt greeted each fan and posed for photographs for two hours.

She left the bookstore for dinner at a nearby restaurant and had to stop along the way to pose for more photos. Such is the impact of the head coach emeritus at Tennessee, who won 1,098 for the Lady Vols and eight national championships.

Summitt still keeps a busy schedule, as she made recent national TV and radio appearances that aired this week. Prior to the event at the bookstore, Summitt was at the Lady Vols practice session. She also is likely to attend some of the SEC tourney this weekend in Duluth, Ga.

Summitt greeted the media but wasn't made available for interviews. She did chat informally as media members hovered nearby with cameras.

In other Lady Vols news on Tuesday, Tennessee racked up postseason conference awards.

Holly Warlick was named the SEC Coach of the Year, while Meighan Simmons was co-SEC Player of the Year with Kentucky's A'dia Mathies. Bashaara Graves was SEC Freshman of the Year and made both the All-Freshman Team and All-SEC First Team.

"I am very grateful to the coaches in our league for this recognition, but really this is about the commitment and effort of our entire staff as well as the players buying in to what we are trying to do," Warlick said.

"The players have been willing to put in the work it takes and to accept the roles we've asked of them. They've also been so resilient despite all of the adversity we've faced this season with injuries, and they keep coming back for more."

Simmons, a junior from Cibolo, Texas, is the seventh Lady Vol to earn player of the year honors in the SEC. The others were Bridgette Gordon (1989), Dena Head (1992), Chamique Holdsclaw (1998, 1999), Nikki McCray (1994, 1995), Candace Parker (2007) and Shekinna Stricklen (2011).

"Because of her willingness to make improvements in her game, combined with her competitive fire, she has been a difference-maker for this team on both ends of the floor," Warlick said.

"We understood that, and I am glad to see the coaches in our league have observed the same qualities in Meighan as we did."

Graves, a freshman from Clarksville, Tenn., is the eighth Lady Vol to earn newcomer honors. The others were Angie Bjorklund (2008), Tamika Catchings (1998), Gordon (1986), Head (1989), Holdsclaw (1996), Parker (2006) and Simmons (2011).

Graves is one of just five Tennessee freshmen to make All-SEC First Team, joining Catchings, Gordon, Holdsclaw and Parker.

"Bashaara showed up ready to work from day one, and she has continued to display that important characteristic all season long," Warlick said.

"She has battled inside for us all year and put in a lot of minutes against some very talented players in this league and around the country. You certainly don't find that kind of consistent production from a freshman very often, and it became obvious fairly quickly that she was going to be one of those players for us."

The Lady Vols won the SEC regular season — but didn't place any players on the All-SEC Second Team — and will receive the championship trophy Friday in Duluth before tipoff of their noon game at The Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Tennessee will play the winner of Arkansas-Florida. SportSouth has the broadcast.


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