My hope is that the players being fed vicious lies about Tennessee are the ones informing our staff how bad competing coaches have gotten. I say "being fed vicious lies" because I don't think Pat would be ready to "kick the lid of her coffin to come settle it herself" if the opposing coaches were merely being overly dismissive of Tennessee over how many years it has been since they got beyond the S16, about how Kellie was fired after coming up short at NCSt, about how relatively few recent Lady Vols have stuck in the pros, and so on. Things like that are negative and painful, but they're not lies. It is what it is, and Pat wouldn't be coffin-busting mad over that.
No, something totally, viciously false must be being said about Tennessee to get that reaction.
And then what I meant by saying I hope the recruits themselves are informing our staff of the lies being told is because I believe that's a sign of loyalty and of integrity. Several Lady Vols from the past, including Candace Parker, went to Pat to tell her what was being said. She (and her family) was so upset and angry about one coach's lies that I don't think she will ever forgive him. Of course, he got HIS revenge on her for rejecting him by leaving her, the reigning WNBA MVP, off the Olympic team....
I guess my point is, opposing coaches better be absolutely SURE they are not about to push a lie to someone with Lady Vol-level integrity, 'cause it might just backfire.