The tug of war for Glory Johnson ostensibly was conducted between Tennessee and North Carolina, with the Lady Vols ultimately triumphing. In reality, it was a struggle that took place mostly in Johnson's Knoxville, Tenn., household, in the large shadow cast by the school which, emotionally and literally, was calling Johnson's name.
Arrayed in favor of the hometown Lady Vols were Johnson and her mother, Mercy. The lone dissenter was a powerful one -- Johnson's father, Bassie, an engineer who desperately wanted the best possible education for his daughter. In large measure, that meant to him, according to Johnson, any school but Tennessee.