Candidates NCAA Tournament Picks
by RedstateLib, Mon Mar 24, 2008 at 06:10:36 PM EDT
The Press has made a big deal about the candidates NCAA Tournament Picks. Obama picked North Carolina Hillary picked Bills Alma Mater Georgetown and lets just be honest I don't know or care who McCain picked. But the question of the candidates picks tells us more about the media than it does about the candidates.
What about the Women's NCAA Tournament. Why does the press not ask about the candidates picks for that. I can hear the groans now. Why should the press care about the women's brackets? Right? Well because of all that Women's NCAA basketball has done for young women in this country. Because of all the young women who have received college educations enabling them to get a leg up in life. Because women college basketball players play for the love of the game and the chance to get an education, not for the shot at easy millionaire status that an NBA contract will give them. The average WNBA players salary is somewhere in the $40,000 range. The young women are not in it for the money.
Did You know that the coach with the most wins in NCAA history is a woman? Pat Head Summitt is the coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team. She has been coaching for 34 years, all with the Lady Vols. Her career win-loss record as coach is 976-182 .
As a player at the University of Tennessee-Martin, Summitt was an All American and co-captain of the 1976 Olympic basketball team.
Currently she has written two books (with the help of Sally Jenkins), Reach for the Summitt and Raise the Roof.
Pat Summitt has seven national championships, which is the most among all women's coaches, and second most among all college coaches (former UCLA men's coach John Wooden won 10 national championships). She also has 14 Southeastern Conference regular season titles with the Lady Vols, as well as 12 tournament titles. Summitt's Lady Vols have made an appearance in every NCAA Tournament, as well as every Sweet 16, and have appeared 17 times in the Final Four. She was also named the Naismith Coach of the Century. When she made her 13th trip to the Final Four as a coach in 2002, she surpassed John Wooden as the NCAA coach with the most trips to the Final Four. Summitt is a 7-time SEC Coach of the year and a 7-time NCAA Coach of the year and has won seven national titles, including three in a row from 1996 to 1998. Summitt is known for scheduling tough opponents for her team to play in the regular season, in order to prepare them for March. In her years of coaching, her teams have played top ten ranked teams over 250 times.
What make her success even more important is she has a set rules for her players. Players are not allowed to miss a class without written permission from the team doctor. They are required to sit in the front row and participate in every class. Coach Summit has a 100% graduation rate of players who spend 4 years in her athletic program, thats 100%. Coaches in the women's programs have invested their lives to helping young women succeed.
When Samuel L. Jackson was preparing for his role in "Coach Carter" he used Coach Summit to model his character after.
Coach Summit is just one example of the the Women's Basketball program success. My question is why does the media focus on the Men's tourney and ignore the Women's?
My opinion is if they can't portray us as bimbo's or bitches they would prefer to ignore us.