You could say Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw helped Holly Warlick get fired since McGraw was 7-1 against Warlick who was canned by Tennessee on Wednesday.
McGraw sympathizes for Warlick, the longtime assistant under legendary Pat Summitt, but McGraw put a plug in for Tennessee to hire a woman.
“I was very disappointed [Warlick got fired],” said McGraw in Friday’s press conference in Chicago in preparation for playing Texas A&M in the Sweet 16 on Saturday. “I love Holly. I think that what she’s given to Tennessee for as many years as she’s been there, she’s a class act. She does things the right way. She does things with integrity. She’s represented their program extremely well for the past 38 years, and I think the legacy that Pat brought to Tennessee I hope will continue with another woman at the helm.”
Many wonder if Tennessee would hire a man. ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel in her list of nine possible candidates listed a trio of men - North Carolina State’s Wes Moore, Mississippi State’s Vic Schaefer and Louisville’s Jeff Walz.