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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Techsters, Lady Vols see end of era

Some news emanating from Knoxville this week has long time Lady Techsters fans feeling a little nostalgic.

It seems that Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt has decided to end the long-running series with Leon Barmore's former club. She also made it appear that it was partly at Tech's request.

Folks who've been around the program since its inception in the mid-1970s remember the series as a treat to look forward to each season. For a couple of decades, there wasn't a more significant women's basketball game played nationally each season.

But the series has denigrated into a slobber-knocker fun fest for the Lady Vols over the last decade. The difference in money thrown Summitt's way has made a wide cavern between the two programs. Heck, Summitt's annual salary alone is nearly twice the Lady Techsters' total budget.

The Techsters get one more shot at the vaunted Vols next season in Knoxville ... then it's sayonara to a big piece of women's college basketball history.


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