Caldwell: LSU's tradition, commitment won her over

By: AP
By: AP

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Nikki Caldwell says when she accepted
the head coaching job at LSU over the weekend, Pat Summitt was the
among the first to call with congratulations.

Comparing Summitt to a proud mom, Caldwell says she maintains
the highest respect and affection for her former coach, as well as
the program for which she played and coached as an assistant.

Yet Caldwell also speaks enthusiastically about her chance to
take down Tennessee and going "toe-to-toe" with Summitt in
recruiting as the Lady Tigers' strive for supremacy in the
Southeastern Conference.

Caldwell says leaving UCLA was tough, but that she could not
pass up the chance to return closer to family to lead a program
with as much tradition in the women's game as LSU.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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