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Fan petitions to get NCAA Trophy named for Pat Summitt

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One University of Tennessee women's basketball fan is on a mission to get the sports' biggest trophy named in honor of its most legendary coach.

Megan Netland, who lives in Minneapolis, Minn., has formed an online petition to get the NCAA women's basketball national championship trophy named after former Lady Vols' head coach Pat Summitt.

Summitt was one of the most influential figures in helping women's basketball gain notoriety and respect in her 38 years at Tennessee. She retired earlier this year after winning more than 1,000 games and eight national championships -- more than any other head coach in NCAA history -- and is currently still on staff as head coach emeritus.

Netland writes in her petition: "Pat Summitt made this little girl in Iowa want to go bigger. I wanted to play for her. I wanted to be her. She was a leader in giving me new role models, and I can't imagine that I am the only one. As women's college basketball gets underway and the 2012-2013 season moves forward, let's join together to ask the NCAA to honor Pat Summitt."

The petition is currently more than halfway to its goal of 5,000 signatures.

Click here to view or sign the online petition at

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