Pat Summitt brought her Tennessee Lady Vols to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum for the first time 11 years ago.
TCU Lady Frogs coach Jeff Mittie still gets a chill when asked about that special night.
"It was our first sellout here and it was like a concert because there were so many camera flashes taking pictures of her," Mittie said a few days ago. "Pat was so gracious in scheduling that game because she knew what we were trying to do with our program. By coming to TCU, I think it gave us some credibility."
Mittie and the rest of the basketball community felt an infinitely more profound chill after learning that Summitt has been diagnosed with early onset dementia/Alzheimer's type. The outpouring of concern and support for the 59-year-old icon knows no border, the same as her contributions to the sport.
"It makes you pause and reflect on your own life," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "Is the stress I have today and the worry I have today about basketball really, really that important? While it's our job and our livelihood and how we provide for our families, there is a bigger picture out there. We're all not going to coach the rest of our lives."
Mulkey, a player on the Summitt-coached gold medal-winning 1984 USA Olympic team, was in a staff meeting when she heard the news. She immediately dismissed the meeting. Mulkey's bond with Summitt, like so many peers, goes beyond the court. Their talks through the years have served as a pillar for Mulkey to lean on.
"When I was pregnant with my first child, she was really the only person I could turn to because she just had her son," Mulkey said. "Having gone through a divorce, and she went through a divorce right after mine, we had another conversation about that. So it was more personal for me in those areas than anything she's ever done in basketball."
Former Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp is the executive director of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, of which Summitt is an active board member. As much as this feels like a setback, Sharp knows it's another opportunity for her friend to win. No one in college basketball has won more than Summitt.
"She will fight it and make it her opponent as much as she can," said Sharp, an associate athletic director at Texas Tech. "It'll be an inspiration to so many people to watch her fight this public battle."
UT Arlington coach Samantha Morrow is also betting on Summitt.
"If anybody can tackle this and prolong it and beat it, if it's possible to do that, it'll be somebody like Pat Summitt," she said. "You have to be really proud of her for coming out and saying it. She didn't have to do that. Good for her to bring awareness for this."
Texas A&M coach Gary Blair first met Summitt in 1977 at a coaching clinic at North Texas.
Blair was a high school coach at South Oak Cliff. Summitt had already finished her third year at Tennessee.
Blair said he "just felt in awe of this lady" and "loved how she handled herself." They quickly got to know each other in what should have been a friendly pickup game. Blair got a lesson in elbows and, in his words, "my butt kicked."
But how Summitt deals with people has stayed with Blair longer than any bruise.
"She had the ability to make everybody in that room feel important, whether you're junior high, high school or college coach," he said. "Not too many people are able to do that. She's as down home as her country background, but when you put her in a competitive situation, she's fearless. She'll give you that Pat Summitt stare."
SMU coach Rhonda Rompola still remembers experiencing that steely gaze while playing for Old Dominion against Tennessee in an AIAW championship game more than 30 years ago.
"You don't forget that stare," Rompola said with a laugh. "I'll tell you what, I was an opponent, so I can only imagine what it was like playing for her. And then with something like this, the way Pat addressed it so openly, says a lot about what she stands for and who she is and the way she's lived her life. The way she's coached basketball, she has taken everything head on."
It's important to remember that Summitt is still coaching and doesn't plan on retiring any time soon. She remains completely committed to the Lady Vols, perhaps now more than ever. And her contributions to the game she's spent a lifetime helping build will be just as lasting.
"There will never be another Pat Summitt," Mulkey said. "I don't care if a coach wins more national championships than she's won. I don't care if they ever have more victories. There will never be another Pat Summitt. She is our John Wooden in women's basketball."
Blair took that sentiment a bit further.
"You can easily say she's been the John Wooden of women's basketball, but why can't you just say she's been the Pat Summitt of women's basketball?" he said. "That's how much she's meant to the game."
Sharp had a message for her friend that is echoed by everyone Summit has touched.
"We will stand shoulder to shoulder with her," Sharp said. "There's probably not very many people in this country we respect more."