“Pat Summitt is an unparalleled figure in collegiate sports,” a speaker said as President Barack Obama awarded the legendary Tennessee Lady Vols coach a Medal of Freedom four years ago. Summitt died Tuesday at age 64 after years of battling early onset dementia. John Yang takes a look back at the women’s sports pioneer’s life on and off the hardwood, a life of passion and true grit.
Recent studies of NCAA programs suggest that colleges need to do more to ensure their student-athletes graduate, rather than simply generate revenue and attention for their schools. The NewsHour takes a closer look at the issue. Continue reading