WARLICK

Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick reacts to an official's call in the second half of a first-round game against UCLA in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 23, 2019, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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.

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