Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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 10/05/12 [Last modified: Saturday, October 6, 2012 12:25am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays journal: Erasmo Ramirez ready to start a day after closing game

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — RHP Erasmo Ramirez was on the mound to finish Sunday's 15-inning marathon win over the Twins and will start tonight's game against the Rangers.

    The Rays’ Erasmo Ramirez throws 12 pitches in the 15th inning against the Twins to earn the save then says after the game that he’s ready to make his scheduled start against the Rangers: “My arm feels good.”
  2. Rays exhausted but happy after 15-inning win over Twins (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Before the Rays eventually won Sunday's 6½-hour, 15-inning marathon against the Twins 8-6, they did plenty to lose it. And we need to get that out of the way first.

    The Rays’ Evan Longoria enjoys a laugh after scoring, barely, to tie it in the ninth on Steven Souza Jr.’s two-out single.
  3. Tom Jones' Two Cents: ABC's Indy 500 coverage is stellar again

    TV and Radio

    Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Takuma Sato left, celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 as Helio Castroneves is a little late passing him. ABC’s coverage of the race is stellar throughout, with plenty of extras but no fake drama.
  4. Takuma Sato surprise winner of wreck-filled Indy 500

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Takuma Sato, a journeyman driver, became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he held off three-time champion Helio Castroneves in a 230-mph wheel-rubbing duel to the finish.

    Scott Dixon’s car goes over the top of Jay Howard, soaring so high that Helio Castroneves drove under it while it was airborne. Stunningly, there were no serious injuries.
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Sunday's Rays-Twins game

    The Heater

    The Rays won because they got two innings of good relief from each of the two pitchers who contributed to them losing Saturday's game, Danny Farquhar (who again struck out Miguel Sano) and Tommy Hunter, who both posted zeroes.