Monday, October 6, 2014

The other Summitt is out to re-shape the culture at Louisiana Tech

First-year Louisiana Tech coach Tyler Summitt pushed his team to the breaking point in their first practice today:

RUSTON – Any doubts about Tyler Summitt changing the culture around Louisiana Tech's women's basketball program were put to rest Monday morning.

Weight vests, not basketballs, dominated the Lady Techsters' first official practice of the fall as the main focus surrounded defense, rebounding and physicality.

"I'm not sure the players loved (it) … but it's a culture that we gotta instill," Summitt said. "The sooner we buy into it, the quicker we can actually get to using a basketball."

Many other teams began official practices today too, including Tennessee, Penn State, Purdue, George Washington, Iowa, Hawaii, Indiana, New Mexico, Idaho, Akron, UAB and Bowling Green, among others.

More college news:

The University of Alabama's president has declined to review Daisha Simmons' transfer, and considers the matter closed. Simmons will file a Title IX complaint.

Lady Vol seniors Ariel Massengale, Cierra Burdick and Isabelle Harrison will be counted on to lead this year. Tennessee players say they're heeding coach Holly Warlick's message.

Lafayette just got lucky: Theresa Grentz is now an assistant coach.

Emily Roberts and Sean Costello join Appalachian State as assistant coaches.

LaTanya Collins is the new assistant to the head coach and director of student-athlete player development at Virginia Tech.

Colorado junior forward Arielle Roberson will miss the season with a torn ACL.

Northwest Florida State players are rallying around coach Patrick Harrington after he was in a car accident last week.

More women in coaching?

The NBA's Dallas Mavericks are hosting Storm associate head coach Jenny Boucek during their training camp.

The Toronto Raptors have invited Sparks guard Lindsey Harding to observe their training camp.

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