By Michael Rand
Finally, an excuse for a new tag: lingering raccoon injuries. Thank you, Pat Summitt.
Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt underwent shoulder surgery on Thursday, correcting an injury she suffered while chasing a raccoon off the deck of her home.
“Pat is doing well,” said Jenny Moshak, Tennessee’s associate athletics director for sports medicine. Moshak said that Summitt will begin rehabilitation on the shoulder in about a week.
Summitt, who is beginning her 35th season at Tennessee, is the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history with a 983-182 overall record. She dislocated her shoulder on March 5 in attempt to prevent a raccoon from attacking her yellow Labrador Retrievers.
OK, we understand the whole raccoon thing, but we can’t accept that there was a photographer there right at the moment she was trying to scare the animal away. Wait, what? That’s just how she coaches? Awesome. By the way, Jenny Moshak isn’t winning any awards for insight. If it was us, we probably wouldn’t have needed to use that as a direct quote.