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Vols burn bright


Congratulations to the Tennessee Lady Vols on their back-to-back national championships.

I was so impressed by Pat Summitt's team in its win over Stanford. Tennesesee did a great job on the offensive boards, getting second-chance opportunities. The defense really kept Stanford off balance and the press causes numerous turnovers.

It was great to sit and watch a basketball game without having to work. I was in San Antonio for the men's Final Four on Monday, worked late into the night on SportsCenter and flew home in time to see Tennessee-Stanford. Wow, what a special time to see both title games.

You could really feel the energy and enthusiasm at the St. Pete Times Forum. It was the first time attending a women's final and it was special. It was great to see Candace Parker in person and she has tremendous skills, everything from ball-handling to shooting and rebounding.

This Tennessee team is senior dominated and you can see how well they play as a unit. It is very well-coached and played intelligent basketball. When the Lady Vols built up a big lead, they pulled the ball out and used the clock efficiently.

Think about it, winning consecutive national titles despite having a bulls-eye on your back! Tennessee has won eight national titles, the equivalent of UCLA's success in men's basketball over the years.

You have to give credit to Summitt for doing a tremendous job building this program to such a high level. On a consistent basis, the Lady Vols are in the hunt for the national title. That is what greatness is all about.

I also want to add my appreciation to the fans that have been so nice to me in offering congratulations on the Hall of Fame selection. That really made me fell special.

Women's college basketball was painted orange once again, baby! Summitt and the Lady Vols are celebrating, baby!

Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.