Where was Petersen When Summit was Celebrating?

Seems like everybody showed up for Lady Vol Coach Pat Summitt’s 1,000th win and the ensuing celebration: local elected officials, athletic directors Mike Hamilton and Joan Cronan, and new UT-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek.

But there was a lot of buzz about the fact that UT President John Petersen was not on the floor during the celebration. Inquiring minds wanted to know.

When Gene Patterson noted it on his WATE blog, UT responded that Petersen was attending a function with Gov. Phil Bredesen and was unable to get to Thompson-Boling for the game. Maybe next time someone should announce at the event why the president sends his regrets.

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