Pat Summitt: Have We Seen the Legend Coach Her Last Game at Tennessee?

Chris Stephens@@chris_stephens6Correspondent IIMarch 28, 2012

PALO ALTO, CA - DECEMBER 20:  Tennessee Lady Volunteers head coach Pat Summitt stands on the side of the court during their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Maples Pavilion on December 20, 2011 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Have we seen the last of Tennessee's Pat Summitt on the sidelines as the head coach of the Lady Volunteers?

After Monday's emotional Elite 8 loss to Baylor, not a lot is known in Knoxville about whether the 38-year veteran will step down from the helm of the program to deal with her health issues.

Given all of the circumstances going on in her life, nobody would blame her for stepping down to take care of herself.

But, it would be a huge loss for not only women's college basketball, but also the coaching fraternity.

Summitt had a way about her on the sidelines with that cold stare if one of her players was playing poorly.

However, there's never been any doubt about how much she's cared for each of her players, teaching them what it takes to be successful not only on the basketball court, but also in life.

And, it seemed to work, as she's gone 1,098-208 over her career, only losing 10 or more games seven times in her 36 years, five of which came in the early part of her coaching career.

Add in the eight national championships, 16 SEC championships and nine other trips to the Final Four, and it's easy to see how good of a coach she really is.

Simply put, Summitt is the greatest coach in women's college basketball history.

In my opinion, she also ranks in the top five for all of college basketball, along with Bobby Knight, Adolph Rupp, Dean Smith and John Wooden.

But, that may be coming to an end here sometime soon.

I hope that it doesn't, but will understand if it does, as a person's health is more important than a game.

In the end, one thing we can all say with confidence is that Summitt has left a legacy on the game of basketball as a whole, and will never be duplicated or replaced.

Summitt is everything you want in a coach and then some.

Wherever she goes, whatever she's doing, no matter what illness she may be battling, Pat Summitt will be forever remembered.