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Pat Summitt

What off-season...
The truly great are always working towards the next game... The goal is what's ahead, and there's always something ahead.

Tennessee's Pat Summitt is no stranger to hard work. In fact, it's the only kind of work the legendary head coach has known over her 34-year career. Growing up on a farm with three older brothers and a father who didn't take no for an answer, Summitt didn't really have much of a choice. After all, as she was told, "Cows never take a day off."

But it was her mother, who Summitt says worked harder than any of the men in the family, that taught her hard work isn't always good enough. To be the best, she would have to out-work the rest.

Paying The Price

The end of the road comes for a figure in a recruiting scandal that refuses to die

When rookie free agent Albert Means was cut by the Houston Texans last month, it likely signaled the end of his unremarkable football career. Once the most promising high school defensive lineman in the country, he'll be remembered for being at the heart of a recruiting scandal that left one booster headed to prison, two schools on probation and several coaches' careers in disarray.

Under The Gun

Battling the clock, wretched facilities and random violence, Iraq's new Olympic committee races to build a team for Athens

It was after midnight, and what lay ahead was a 14-hour ride across the desert of western Iraq. Still, the passengers on the decrepit bus were beaming. The Iraqi soccer team, fresh from a 4-0 victory over Oman in an Olympic qualifying round on March 3, was headed home to Baghdad.

Swen Nater

Rubbing Elbows...
The truly great understand the value of association.

A community college basketball coach was getting his car fixed by a local mechanic. As he walked into the garage he noticed the guy under his car had his head sticking out one side of the car and his feet hanging out the other. That moment led to a life-changing discussion and a powerful lesson in Greatness.

As I sat with legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, he told me the story of Swen Nater - an orphan from Holland who moved to the United States when he was three years old. He grew up in an American home and, as a high school junior, stood 6-feet, 11 inches tall.

End Of The Run?

Victor Conte's allegation that Marion Jones was a drug cheat could bring her down -- but she's ready to fight back

Olympic champion Marion Jones has been called Golden Girl and the World's Fastest Woman, but during an interview with ABC's 20/20 broadcast last Friday, Victor Conte Jr., the man at the center of America's biggest doping scandal, called her a fraud.

Q&A: George W. Bush

The President discusses Aggies and Horns, his Rangers days and his sports idol

President George W. Bush has been a Texas sports fan since he was a young child. He grew up in the West Texas town of Midland, where his family moved from Connecticut when he was two. The former governor and onetime managing partner of the Texas Rangers recalls his excitement at seeing the first issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED at a friend's house in 1954. On the occasion of the magazine's 50th anniversary, he sat down with SI's Don Yaeger to talk about sports and the Lone Star State.

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