Sports roundup: Caldwell to serve as team USA assistant coach … Summitt: It has been a 'great ride' at Tennessee … UK baseball coach: 'Our kids will be ready' for LSU
National honor: LSU women's basketball head coach Nikki Caldwell says it's a "tremendous honor" to be serving as an assistant coach for the 2012 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team, which will compete in August at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Puerto Rico. Caldwell was chosen by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee and approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors, and her selection was announced today. Caldwell will team up with Gonzaga head coach Kelly Graves and assist head coach Katie Meier from the University of Miami. "I am thrilled by the opportunity to work with a fantastic group of people. The pride that comes with taking the floor as a member of the red, white and blue is something you are truly blessed to be a part of," Caldwell says. Read the full story at the LSUsports.net website here.
End of an era: At a press conference this morning to officially announce her retirement, a relaxed and smiling Pat Summitt said it's been "really a great ride" and it's the right time for her to step down after coaching the Tennessee Lady Vols for nearly four decades. "It has been a privilege," said the Hall of Fame coach, who will become head coach emeritus. Longtime assistant Holly Warlick has been promoted to replace her. "I just felt like it was time for me to step down, knowing that Holly was going to be in great hands," said Summitt, who revealed on Aug. 23 that she had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. "You know it's never a good time, but you have to find the time that you think is the right time and that is now." Summitt won more games than anyone else in NCAA college basketball during her 38 years at Tennessee. The White House says that later this year Summitt will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. Read the full recap of Summitt's press conference today and of her career from The Associated Press here.
A Cliff hanger: While acknowledging the importance of this weekend's matchup between two of college baseball's best teams, when No. 1 LSU travels to Lexington to take on No. 2 Kentucky, Wildcats coach Gary Henderson says he also wants his team to keep their eye on the big picture. "In some respects, it's a huge weekend," Henderson said. "In other respects, it's three of 30 league games and you try to find that balance. We won't have any shortage of adrenaline going. Our kids will be ready." With a 33-5 start to the season, the Wildcats are getting showered with a lot of attention and praise. But so, too, are the Tigers, who are 31-7. As Wildcats outfielder Austin Cousino puts it: "LSU is ranked pretty high" but "They're coming into our park, and it's definitely hard to win here at the Cliff, I'm not going to lie." Read the Wildcats on-record take on the series, which kicks of Friday at 5:30 p.m., at the UK sports website here.
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