Tyler Summitt's road to being a coach

Six-foot guard joins UT's men as walk-on

Tyler Summitt will be a walk-on guard on Tennessee's men's basketball team this fall.

The Tennessee men's basketball team will have another coach's son suiting up this season.

Tyler Summitt, son of Lady Vols eight-time national championship coach Pat Summitt, will be a walk-on with coach Bruce Pearl's team.

Tyler Summitt played in the Pilot Rocky Top Summer League at Bearden High School in June, hustling and playing defense in the minutes he was granted.

The 6-foot guard's interest in coaching led to his decision to walk-on with the Vols despite the likelihood he will see very little playing time.

Pat Summitt said it was all Tyler's idea and decision.

"I wasn't going to say 'No,' because it's what he wants to do, and he's looking at coaching one day, so we set up a meeting with Coach Pearl, and Tyler did all of the talking,'' Pat Summitt said. "I did tell Bruce not to feel any obligation to take him or play him or give him any breaks.

"And I've told Tyler it is going to be a real challenge. I told him they are going to boo him some at home, and if he travels, they'll boo him on the road. He's going to need some thick skin. If nothing else, he'll grow from this.''

Pearl says that's what the college experience is all about.

"I've got scholarship players, non-scholarship players, managers, graduate assistants . . . a lot of people are involved in our program for a lot of reasons,'' Pearl said. "Tyler Summitt wants to coach, and he's already accomplished a lot for himself on the court and in the classroom. He was a self-made player at Webb (School of Knoxville), who improved to become a successful high school player.

"This next step will require him to step-up physically, and what he lacks in size he'll have to make up for in toughness, quickness and determination and help us in practice.''

Pearl said he expects Summitt will be able to learn the system and turn it into a positive experience.

"And if a little bit of that Summitt basketball knowledge rubs off on me,'' he said, "that will be another good thing.''

Tyler Summitt spent last season as a practice player for Tennessee's women's team, traveling with the squad on all road trips.

He graduated cum laude from Webb School in 2009, where he was a three-year starter and three-year captain playing point guard. Summitt won Webb's "Spartan Award" as a senior and also was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Summitt played this summer with ligament damage in his left hand that has yet to completely heal, but he's determined to get through the Vols' individual workouts when they begin in August.

Numbers Game: Senior point guard Melvin Goins is changing from 21 to No. 2, while the incoming transfers and freshmen also have made their jersey number selections.

UNC Wilmington transfer John Fields will wear 25, Marquette transfer Jeronne Maymon will wear 34. Summitt will don 14. Incoming freshman Jordan McRae will wear 1, with fellow freshmen Trae Golden picking 11 and Tobias Harris choosing 12.

The returning players and their numbers: Scotty Hopson (32), Skyler McBee (13), Josh Bone (24), Cameron Tatum (23), Michael Hubert (10) Brian Williams (33), Renaldo Woolridge (0), Kenny Hall (20) and Steven Pearl (22).

Recruiting Note: Jarnell Stokes, a 6-foot-8 post from Memphis' Central High School, is one of UT's top recruiting targets in the Class of 2012. He is playing in AAU tournaments in Augusta, Ga., this week with the Alabama Celtics and the Memphis Y 16-under teams.

Stokes, who starred with the Atlanta Celtics 16-under team last week in Indianapolis, is expected to re-join the Atlanta club at AAU nationals in Las Vegas this month.

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sorkb writes:

Tyler has worked his way into this situation all by himself (wink, wink)

CoverOrange writes:

Maybe Tyler will teach CBP "the stare". I'm sure he has been recipient of it quite enough in his youth.

huntined#565710 writes:

He will have a tough row to hoe..Being the son of someone like CPS puts him in a tough position. If he were my son and wanted to do this nothing would be said about it but being who he is he will receive a lot of judgement maybe even more then Steven Pearl. I wish him well and hope one day he will be a coach.

SmokeyHowls writes:

You mean there is not a more deserving or better player who wants to walk on without the last name Summitt at Tennessee.

POTSVol (Inactive) writes:

I'm thinking he'll coach on the women's side. That's what he's grown up with. I would have no problem him taking over after his mom retires one day. But of course I wouldn't mind him coaching either teams.

I heard months ago when they first decided to start the women's PRTL that he was going to be one of the coaches. Obviously that didn't happen but how cool would that have been?

d_ray writes:

"He graduated with top honors from Webb School in 2009, where he was a three-year starter and three-year captain playing point guard. Summit won Webb's "Spartan Award" as a senior and also was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year."

Do we really want intelligence on a UT team. It is really going to hurt our reputation.

Just kidding, Tyler. Good luck and avoid the mistakes of the last Tyler we had on the team...and for goodness sake...stay out of Bar Knoxville.

AllforTenn writes:

in response to POTSVol:

I'm thinking he'll coach on the women's side. That's what he's grown up with. I would have no problem him taking over after his mom retires one day. But of course I wouldn't mind him coaching either teams.

I heard months ago when they first decided to start the women's PRTL that he was going to be one of the coaches. Obviously that didn't happen but how cool would that have been?

He needs to prove himself as a coach before UT even thinks about hiring him. A few years as an assistant somewhere at the very least. Just because he is Pat's son does not qualify him to coach the Lady Vols.

Pullingguard writes:

Just amazing what a little pull from the right person can do for someone with limited or no talent. He will be assistant in orange within the next 2 years... Wish him well, all young people need some...

Fulton_Vol writes:

If Pat were to retire at the end of the year the Lady Vols would conduct a national search for her replacement and two of the candidates would have sat on the bench beside this year, Holly Warrick and Mickie DeMoss. If Tyler's dream is to coach in the women's game he will need to gain top notch experience and prove himself. The game has changed since UT hired an inexperienced coached over 35 years ago. They are the premier program and they will hire a premier coach when the time comes to replace CPS. Depending on when that happens will determine if her replacement will be CTS.

He would be up against a lot of former Lady Vols who are now in the coaching ranks as well. If Nicki succeeds at UCLA over an extended period of time she could become the leading candidate but there are others who would deserve consideration. Mickie had Kentucky headed in the right direction when she surprised everyone by stepping down. Holly has spent her entire adult life either as a Lady Vol player or coach and would deserve consideration as well.

ThugTillIDie writes:

WOW! The state is FULL of talented kids who would LOVE to have the chance to walk on and are actually capable of contributing. This kid was borderline mediocre for a borderline mediocre Webb team. Nepotism at its worst.

RockyBears2009 writes:

in response to ThugTillIDie:

WOW! The state is FULL of talented kids who would LOVE to have the chance to walk on and are actually capable of contributing. This kid was borderline mediocre for a borderline mediocre Webb team. Nepotism at its worst.

couldn't disagree more with you- in case you're unaware, a "walk-on" athlete is not on scholarship and is there completely on their own will and motivation. (classic example is the movie "Rudy"). they have to commit to the program just like scholarship athletes but with no financial reward. these kids that are FULL of talent that you refer to probably can get scholarships other places and wouldn't be willing to pay their own way at UT like Tyler is. coach pearl will get what he needs to be successful with his scholarships and recruited walk-ons. he's a pretty smart man so i'd say he knows what he's doing.

plus, with all pat summitt has done for UT throughout her career....letting her son walk-on for the program is the least Vol country can do! there's nothing wrong rewarding people who have truly earned it, and coach summitt has done that. if peyton manning's son someday wants to walk-on to the football team at UT i sure hope you don't raise a stink about that too!

huckabee writes:

Sorry, but he was an embarrassment on the court in the Rocky Top League. Probably could not make a lot of area high school teams right now. He does not deserve a spot as a walk-on. He will not benefit the team nor provide even a hint of competition for the scholoarship players. Let him be a manager but please don't let him wear a uniform. He has not earned it.

SouthDakotaBob writes:

Tyler might be a suprise he's got some bball genes. When I left UT Martin in 1985 his mama was still the school's all-time career scoring leader for both men and women. GBO!!!

Go_Big_O writes:

I think this is a win-win situation for Tyler and for UT. The benefits for the young man are obvious - get to be around a great program and a dynamic coach. Good for him! The university gets a young man who is willing to pitch in and help where he can and a great story as a bonus. If this kid has learned anything about character from his momma,then he will be a positive influence for the team - even though he may never play in a game.

tmartin writes:

in response to RockyBears2009:

couldn't disagree more with you- in case you're unaware, a "walk-on" athlete is not on scholarship and is there completely on their own will and motivation. (classic example is the movie "Rudy"). they have to commit to the program just like scholarship athletes but with no financial reward. these kids that are FULL of talent that you refer to probably can get scholarships other places and wouldn't be willing to pay their own way at UT like Tyler is. coach pearl will get what he needs to be successful with his scholarships and recruited walk-ons. he's a pretty smart man so i'd say he knows what he's doing.

plus, with all pat summitt has done for UT throughout her career....letting her son walk-on for the program is the least Vol country can do! there's nothing wrong rewarding people who have truly earned it, and coach summitt has done that. if peyton manning's son someday wants to walk-on to the football team at UT i sure hope you don't raise a stink about that too!

I wasnt aware she had contributed to the men's program.

Texassean writes:

in response to tmartin:

I wasnt aware she had contributed to the men's program.

Weren't aware she had contributed to the men's program? Have you EVER heard Bruce Pearl speak? He lavishes praise on her and talks about how crucial she has been to his development as a coach. The two have collaborated together in a lot of ways and have benefited each other's programs dramatically. Their partnership is one of the great coaching stories out there, IMO.

lcityfan212 writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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4-5 D1 players from Tennessee? There are 11 players currently getting offers from SEC schools according to rivals.

Chris4Vols22 writes:

Does anyone have ESPN insider? Scotty Hopson is on the front of the NCAA bball ESPN webpage (right now).

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-baske...

carbonzip writes:

Why not drive a few miles down the road and actually play for Maryville College?

imw8n4u writes:

in response to TennVolAlum:

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Wrong - I was the product of 2 UT employees when I went there. I got a modest discount on tuition, that's it. All of the fees, books, room and board expenses, etc. were full cost, same as every other in-state student. And when I got to grad school the tuition discount no longer applied, so that was full cost.

KCHS63 writes:

Cool. Tyler's getting his first taste of the human refuse that will be heaped on him his mother mentioned right here!

Glad all of you had the chance to come out of the woodwork and knock WBB, put down practice-garbage players and the essential work they do for successful programs, and, oh yeah, the freak from ChamPAIN-Urbanmeyersana who got to call Bruce a "cheater" yet one more time. The cheating he did was to break the good ole boys code of conduct by coaches by turning some in for cheating themselves.

Your learning curve has begun, Tyler. You already have plenty of fans. Best of luck!

Go_Big_O writes:

in response to bigorangekoolaid:

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D'ya get up on the wrong side of the bed this morning or something?????

budd#207344 writes:

It continues to amaze me the jealousy you see on this site. Any time anyone tries to improve themselves or gets an award or promotion you have a certain group who must try to tear them down. Well, that's the reason they are successful and you are losers, jealousy.

budd#207344 writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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And where would I go to learn your job? Burger King?

Southland writes:

what a bunch of jerks some of you are. What is wrong with the kid being a practise body and a coach in training..and not to follow up his mom. He would not even be given a look for another fifteen years for that job. How anyone can gripe about this just shows how sour some folks are. Tennessee turns out a number of D-1 players, not just in the SEC. So Tyler is not one of them. He is not taking a scholarship spot. Others are welcome to try and walk on. Tyler will not ever see but a couple of minutes in a four year career and yet some of you are acting like such jerks about it. And of course Bruce Pearl brags on Pat Head. Any coach that doesnt recognize greatness in another coach would be an idiot. It is called wisdom friends and some of us need a lot more of it.

RockyBears2009 writes:

in response to tmartin:

I wasnt aware she had contributed to the men's program.

are you kidding me?? first of all, UT athletics is all one family. each sport isn't its own separate entity at the school....all Vol athletes wear the same orange and white. and to say she hasn't contributed to the men's program is just ignorant! in case you've never been to a game at TBA...the court is called The Summit- That's the same court the "men's program" plays on. she put fans in the stands for the last 10-15 years while the "men's program" kept struggling along (before coach pearl). she has represented the university and athletics with class her whole career. to say she hasn't contributed to the "men's program" is just wrong. stop and think before you post next time please.

calvol writes:

in response to Southland:

what a bunch of jerks some of you are. What is wrong with the kid being a practise body and a coach in training..and not to follow up his mom. He would not even be given a look for another fifteen years for that job. How anyone can gripe about this just shows how sour some folks are. Tennessee turns out a number of D-1 players, not just in the SEC. So Tyler is not one of them. He is not taking a scholarship spot. Others are welcome to try and walk on. Tyler will not ever see but a couple of minutes in a four year career and yet some of you are acting like such jerks about it. And of course Bruce Pearl brags on Pat Head. Any coach that doesnt recognize greatness in another coach would be an idiot. It is called wisdom friends and some of us need a lot more of it.

Amen. What is wrong with some of my fellow vols. They've got their panties in a bunch just because the son of a Tennessee legend is going to be a walk on. What's the big deal? Personally, I think it speaks volumes about how important the university is to Pat and family. They've got all the money and connections in the world, and the kid could've gone anywhere. He chose UT.

ThugTillIDie writes:

in response to RockyBears2009:

couldn't disagree more with you- in case you're unaware, a "walk-on" athlete is not on scholarship and is there completely on their own will and motivation. (classic example is the movie "Rudy"). they have to commit to the program just like scholarship athletes but with no financial reward. these kids that are FULL of talent that you refer to probably can get scholarships other places and wouldn't be willing to pay their own way at UT like Tyler is. coach pearl will get what he needs to be successful with his scholarships and recruited walk-ons. he's a pretty smart man so i'd say he knows what he's doing.

plus, with all pat summitt has done for UT throughout her career....letting her son walk-on for the program is the least Vol country can do! there's nothing wrong rewarding people who have truly earned it, and coach summitt has done that. if peyton manning's son someday wants to walk-on to the football team at UT i sure hope you don't raise a stink about that too!

BULL S**T! BULL S**T! THERE ARE TONS OF ATHLETES THAT WOULD LOVE TO WALK-ON AT ANY SEC SCHOOL. Tyler isn't good enough for Maryville College. And to try and act like he's struggling to make it financially through school. What a freakin' joke.

ThugTillIDie writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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MORE BULL S**T! 4-5? Maybe 4-5 big time players that go and play at major programs. But there are over 300 DI teams and Tennessee kids are all over. You're telling me that there aren't kids better than Steven Pearl all over the country that would love to play for UT? That blows my mind. Steven Pearl couldn't hack it in my church league.

ThugTillIDie writes:

LOL@ all these people thinking he'll be great because he's watched his mom all his life. So lets take a look at what he's learned, grab 3-4 of the top 15 players every year and at halftime make sure to say, "We need to rebound and play D." Yeah, ya'll are right. He's going to be great.

westknoxvol24 writes:

in response to ThugTillIDie:

MORE BULL S**T! 4-5? Maybe 4-5 big time players that go and play at major programs. But there are over 300 DI teams and Tennessee kids are all over. You're telling me that there aren't kids better than Steven Pearl all over the country that would love to play for UT? That blows my mind. Steven Pearl couldn't hack it in my church league.

Then why aren't those kids trying to walk on? Because they don't want to put the effort out for free. go tyler

babypuglover3 writes:

Best of luck to Tyler and UT Vols and Coach Pearl and the rest of the staff. Maybe a national championship this upcoming season???

budd#207344 writes:

in response to ThugTillIDie:

BULL S**T! BULL S**T! THERE ARE TONS OF ATHLETES THAT WOULD LOVE TO WALK-ON AT ANY SEC SCHOOL. Tyler isn't good enough for Maryville College. And to try and act like he's struggling to make it financially through school. What a freakin' joke.

you're right I would love to walk on in the SEC, Unfortunately I'm 60 and 30 lbs overweight. If you know of any then tell them to come take Tyler's place. But they won't cause they don't have the guts and the work ethic to do so. If they did they would be here. So quit whining and give someone who has worked to get where they are their due. Your jealousy is ridiculous.

ThugTillIDie writes:

They don't, because they aren't given the opportunity. They don't have a mom in the athletic department. These major programs don't just let anybody who wants to stick it out, be on the team. It isn't Carson-Newman football. He's on the team because of his mom. That's it. But hey, a lot of people are in power positions because of cronyism and nepotism. Just add Tyler to that list. I'm just saying, if you want to improve the program, there are kids all over that would be better.

AllforTenn writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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How ridiculous. You just can't stand that Geno does not get the respect that Pat gets, and you have to try to insert these inane posts.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to rabyace7:

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"Coach Pearl has no freakin clue how to win." Strong contender for the dumbest post on here in a while. You know that Tyler has no chance in the world to play; neither do about five other guys at his level on the team. There are guys like Tyler on every team in the country, there in large part because of who his parents are or some other such consideration, but we don't hear or care about them because their parents aren't big deals in the basketball world. The world of UT basketball is not going to come to an end because Tyler Summit was allowed to walk on.

adimatteo#261830 writes:

I have nothing negative to say about Tyler, love and respect Pat and Pearl, but this seems like an unnecessary distraction for Coach Pearl and his team...

UTByrd writes:

in response to ThugTillIDie:

MORE BULL S**T! 4-5? Maybe 4-5 big time players that go and play at major programs. But there are over 300 DI teams and Tennessee kids are all over. You're telling me that there aren't kids better than Steven Pearl all over the country that would love to play for UT? That blows my mind. Steven Pearl couldn't hack it in my church league.

I usually don't respond to trolls but here goes. You say you have a church league so you must go to church or maybe you just play in a church league. Either way, you need to bone up on your Christianity. Each of your posts are nothing but blatant, ignorant criticism of a young man who is willing to expose himself to deranged fans who will boo him every chance they get. You just might have a self-esteem problem that is only eased by putting other people down.
Go VOLS!!!!!

packie56 writes:

Go get 'em Ty! Now you really know what you'll be up against--naysayers and cynics--and that's just the Tenn. fans! Wait 'til ya hear 'em in Memphis and Nashville! Way to support the youth of our nation folks. You sit there on your fat butts in front of a keyboard and lob your poison at a kid who works hard, works out hard, studies hard. How is it possible that the program would not benefit from having someone like that as a part of it---on and OFF the court?

POTSVol (Inactive) writes:

in response to AllforTenn:

He needs to prove himself as a coach before UT even thinks about hiring him. A few years as an assistant somewhere at the very least. Just because he is Pat's son does not qualify him to coach the Lady Vols.

Uh, duh. I understand in this day and age he wouldn't get a first look without prior experience and proving something on the court. Schools don't go out on a limb like they used to and like UT did with CPS. I'm not stupid. I just wouldn't have a problem with him coaching at a young age like CPS had the opportunity to do. Just my opinion.

kti5783 writes:

When I first heard about this, I asked my friend about it who was a practice player for the Lady Vols. He rolled his eyes and said he sucked.

The main positive about Tyler Summit being on the team is that he automatically becomes the butt of the jokes and taunts. This could take some of the heat off of Steven Pearl and allow him to enjoy his Senior Year.

Other than that, the only reason he is on the team is that he is Pat Summit's son. I think it is ridicuolous that Tyler Summit is a member of the men's team. They should make him a manager.

Volnbeerfan writes:

People can cry nepotism, or say he isn't talented enough to merit the honor of wearing the uniform, but the bottom line is - it's the right thing to do! There is not one of us who would not want the same thing for our own child. If our name can open a door or a contact we have can help our children, relative, or friend we all would or have done it. Its called networking. As long as Tyler is not going to be one of those kids getting dragged out of a bar fight by police, then what's the problem or the difference... Oh those were scholarship athletes not dedicated walk-ons who come from good and deserving families. Again, its called doing the right thing.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

in response to budd#207344:

It continues to amaze me the jealousy you see on this site. Any time anyone tries to improve themselves or gets an award or promotion you have a certain group who must try to tear them down. Well, that's the reason they are successful and you are losers, jealousy.

(standing clapping ovation from me).....

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Hey! My dad was a coach!? Let me play?!!!... Cause my dad wouldn't let me.

bryanvolsfan writes:

Every critic on here would do the same for their kid if they were in the same situation!

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