By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former Tennessee women’s basketball Pat Summit has been dealing her Alzheimer’s disease.
Now, in a lawsuit by former media director Debby Jennings, it has come to light that Summit felt like she was forced out by the school. In an affidavit, she said she felt like she was being forced out by Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart.
Now, she is saying that she misinterpreted his comments. Summit met with Hart on March 14th, who told her that she would have to step down at the end of the season, after the NCAA tournament.
Prior to last season, she revealed that she was battling the on-set of early dementia.
“This was very surprising to me and very hurtful, as that was a decision I would have liked to have made on my own at the end of the season after consulting with my doctors, colleagues and friends and not be told this by Mr. Hart,” Summitt said in the affidavit. “I felt this was wrong.”
Summit submitted an amended statement Wednesday in U.S. District Court for Tennesse’s Eastern District. In the new statement, she said she misinterpreted what he said.
She had 1,098 wins, which is more than any other men’s or women’s coach in NCAA basketball history. She retired from coaching in April after a 38-year career at the school, which included eight national championships.
Now, she is a head coach emeritus for her long-time assistant and friend Holly Warlick. Warlick was chosen to replace Summit.
“It’s never a good time, but you have to find the time that you think is the right time and that is now,” said Summit that day.