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Summitt: I left Vols on my terms

BRONZED: Texas honored ex-women’s basketball coach Jody Conradt with a statue.

Associated Press (2006)

BRONZED: Texas honored ex-women’s basketball coach Jody Conradt with a statue.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pat Summitt said Friday that she decided on her own not to continue coaching Tennessee's women's basketball team after last season and never believed athletic director Dave Hart forced her out.

"It was entirely my decision to step down," Summitt said in a three-paragraph statement in response to "misunderstandings" created by her comments in a signed affidavit released Wednesday.

Summitt, 60, said she wanted to clarify those comments.

"I did not then, and I do not now, feel that I was 'forced out' by the university," said Summitt, who announced in August 2011 she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia.

Summitt, whose 1,098 wins are the most in NCAA men's or women's history, stepped down in April after 38 years at UT and eight national titles. She remains on staff as head coach emeritus.

In the affidavit, part of a lawsuit filed by former UT women's sports media director Debby Jennings against the university and Hart, Summitt said Hart told her March 14 she would not return, "a decision I would have liked to have made on my own." Summitt also said in the affidavit Hart later told her she had misinterpreted his comments.

Friday's statement was in line with what Summitt said when she said she would not return.

Jennings' lawsuit alleges age and sex discrimination led to her forced retirement after 35 years.

TEXAS: The school unveiled a 7-foot bronze statue of women's basketball coach Jody Conradt, who won the 1986 national title. She was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988.

UF AMONG TOP RECRUIT'S CHOICES: Florida is one of five schools that top Chicago high school recruit Jabari Parker plans to officially visit. Duke, Michigan State, Stanford and BYU are the others, his father, former NBA player Sonny Parker, said. The 6-foot-8 forward was named the Gatorade Player of the Year.

Football

SYRACUSE 14, PITT 13: Linebacker Dyshawn Davis returned a fumble 52 yards for a touchdown as the host Orange (2-3, 1-0 Big East) beat a Division I-A team for the first time in nearly a year.

LATE THURSDAY: Matt Barkley passed for 303 yards and three touchdowns as No. 13 USC (4-1, 2-1 Pac-12) erased an early 14-0 deficit to beat host Utah 38-28.

WAKE FOREST: Six players were suspended, including four starters, for today's game at Maryland for violating team rules.

Summitt: I left Vols on my terms 10/06/12 [Last modified: Saturday, October 6, 2012 1:25am]
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