Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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Summitt's son resigns: improper relationship

Tyler Summitt resigned as Louisiana Tech women's basketball coach on Thursday and acknowledged having an inappropriate relationship.

"I am profoundly disappointed in myself for engaging in a relationship that has negatively affected the people I love, respect and care about the most," Summitt said in a statement issued through Louisiana Tech.

"My hope, plans and prayers are to repair those relationships. I am appreciative of the opportunity I was given to coach at Louisiana Tech. I am heartbroken that my time has ended in Ruston, but because of my respect for the institution, it is best that I resign. I am hopeful the media and the public will respect the privacy of my family and me as we deal with this difficult situation I have caused."

Summitt is the son of Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt. He married his high school girlfriend AnDe Ragsdale on June 1, 2013, and Louisiana Tech hired Summitt in April 2014 after two seasons as assistant coach at Marquette. Now 25, Summitt went 16-15 in his first season and 14-16 this season.

"The university has accepted his resignation and appreciates the contributions he has made to the growth and success of the Lady Techsters program during his tenure," the school said in a statement. "Louisiana Tech wishes Tyler and his family the best of luck in the future."

EMERY TO TRANSFER: Freedom High alum Taylor Emery announced via Twitter that she is transferring from Tulane after a standout rookie year that saw her named to the AAC's all-freshman team. The guard averaged 6.2 points and played in every game this season for Tulane. She is Hillsborough County's all-time girls leading scorer (2,689 points).

more BASKETBALL: Indiana center Thomas Bryant will return for his sophomore season. … Maryland forward Robert Carter Jr. will skip his senior season to enter the NBA draft. He intends to sign with an agent. … Gonzaga sophomore center Domantas Sabonis declared for the draft, but won't hire an agent as he explores his options. … North Carolina freshman reserve Kenny Williams III had surgery to repair torn meniscus in his right knee. He should be fully recovered ahead of preseason practice. … Valparaiso assistant coach Matt Lottich was promoted to head coach. Bryce Drew left for the Vanderbilt job. …Nebraska will pay former women's coach Connie Yori nearly $1.2 million under terms of her separation agreement.

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