After 17 months of separation, Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt has filed for divorce from her husband, R.B. Summitt.
Summitt’s attorney, Bernie Bernstein, filed the papers Wednesday in Blount County Circuit Court. “Irreconcilable differences” were cited as the reason.
The couple has been separated since March of last year.
Summitt didn’t offer much comment on the matter Thursday. She said both sides are trying to reach an amicable settlement.
“We’re working toward trying to effect an equitable solution,’’ Bernstein said, “but only time will tell.”
The filing will serve to expedite the process. R.B. Summitt, who is the president of Sevier County Bank, has 30 days to respond.
R.B. Summitt, 56, couldn’t be reached for comment.
The couple has one child. Ross Tyler Summitt, a junior at Webb School, will be 17 next month. Bernstein said custody really isn’t an issue. Ross Tyler lives with his mother.
Summitt did say she doesn’t plan to change her name. A campus street and the court at Thompson-Boling Arena are named after her. The basketball court at UT-Martin, her alma mater, is named after her as well, along with a campus street.
The filing came almost a week before the couple’s 27th wedding anniversary. They were married Aug. 23, 1980, at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church near Clarksville, Tenn.
Summitt, 55, is preparing for her 34th season as Tennessee’s head coach. The Lady Vols will be defending national champions, having won the program’s seventh championship last April with a 59-46 victory over Rutgers in Cleveland.
Dan Fleser covers women’s basketball. He can be reached at 865-342-6288