Harper’s Alma Mater Coaching Job Open

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TENNESSEE The other big story in sports Wednesday involves Missouri State Lady Bears Coach Kellie Harper and her alma mater.

According to reports, Tennessee has fired coach Holly Warlick after seven seasons with the Lady Vols.

Warlick was the legendary Pat Summit’s assistant coach for 27 years before taking over when Summitt retired.

But the last few seasons have been a struggle, this year’s team won 19 games and lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

It’s the first time in 43 years that Tennessee has won less than 20 games in a season.

Missouri State Lady Bear Coach Kellie Harper’s name immediately surfaced as a candidate for the Lady Vols job.

Harper played for Summitt and won three consecutive national championships with Tennessee as a player.

Harper’s in her sixth year with the Lady Bears and has led her team to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2001.

She spoke with reporters prior to Wednesday’s practice in Springfield and had these comments on Tennessee and her interest.

Kellie Harper, Lady Bears Head Coach said,  I’m really sorry to see Holly let go. You hate to see anybody especially, good people to lose their jobs. But that will be it. That’s the last I will comment on that. Because I think right now we just have so much to be excited about here. I love this team really want to keep the focus on them
 

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