Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt had offseason shoulder surgery, not for a sports injury but because of a tussle with a raccoon. The winningest basketball coach in NCAA history had problems with her right shoulder after dislocating it while chasing a raccoon poised to attack her Labrador. The attack came near her home on March 5, just days before the Southeastern Conference tournament. A month later, Summitt guided the Lady Vols to their eighth NCAA title.
Labs are pretty big dogs – it’s odd that Summitt would feel the need to chase down a raccoon… Of course, maybe she remembers what happened to Vol Mascot Smokey VII.