Dave Hart declines to comment on Pat Summitt's future

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Tennessee coach Pat Summitt walks off the court after the regional final against Baylor on Monday in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press Tennessee coach Pat Summitt walks off the court after the regional final against Baylor on Monday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Pat Summitt's colleagues, fans and former players weren't saying goodbye.

Still, the outpouring of emotions and respect for the Tennessee women's basketball coach this season certainly created a farewell-tour atmosphere. Each tribute and every standing ovation acknowledged not only Summitt but also her battle with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type, and the possibility that this could be her last season as the Lady Vols coach after 38 years and 1,098 victories.

Before the NCAA tournament, Summitt said that she hadn't made any decision regarding her coaching future. Now that the season is over, she is expected to consult with her family and coaching staff. University officials, who supported her decision to continue coaching after announcing her diagnosis last August, should have input, too.

Through a UT spokesperson, athletic director Dave Hart declined to comment on Summitt's future.

For now, Summitt will be given time and space for her next decision.

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BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Dave Hart won't speak on the matter until Pat calls him and says: I'm stepping down..Why the media demands answers to questions before they occur is puzzling to me??..This type of journalism isn't reporting, but more akin to digging for a story..Just a thought.

PITBOSS009 writes:

KEEP IT GOING COACH, STOP WHEN YOU ARE GOOD & READY. GOD BLESS & GO VOLS!!!!!

CoverOrange writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Dave Hart won't speak on the matter until Pat calls him and says: I'm stepping down..Why the media demands answers to questions before they occur is puzzling to me??..This type of journalism isn't reporting, but more akin to digging for a story..Just a thought.

In the journalist's mindset, our right to know supersedes their right to exist. Did the article the other day about sports journalists arguing about who tweeted some story first even thought the tweets were 6 minutes apart?

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

In the journalist's mindset, our right to know supersedes their right to exist. Did the article the other day about sports journalists arguing about who tweeted some story first even thought the tweets were 6 minutes apart?

I agree that the public puts undo stress on the media, but in this scenario it is in poor taste..ESPN, always trying to fuel stories by laying groundwork is not reporting that I enjoy reading, it's mostly for gossip readers and goes beyond sport's information and into mud slinging toward sports celebrities..

PureOrange writes:

If anyone has ever earned the right to say when, it is Pat Summitt. She doesn't owe anyone any explanations! Her work; her dedication; her ability; and being the great person she is, and always has been, says it all.

There are simply not enough words to express the true value of Pat Summitt. She has always made it easy to pull for her. Now, in this terrible battle, she just needs to know we are all here for her, and that we will never forget how much she means to us, and how much she is appreciated.

No person in our state (or any other)stands taller than Pat Summitt.

jenna1009001 writes:

This isn't something that the media should be addressing. Leave Pat alone to make this decision.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

I hate to see this with Pat, and she should step down when she's ready. However, I'm not sure anyone needs to be coaching the team other than Pat if she isnt ready to step down. JMO, the split role thing is hard to pull off. Need one person calling shots. Its rough on the players when you have split roles within the staff. It's a tough and sad situation to say the least.

volsindallas writes:

"For now, Summitt will be given time and space for her next decision." If this was a true statement and all of you media wh..es would stop wrting about this and find something else to write about...Leave Pat alone! How does the media sleep at night?

AlexAndersonAAradio writes:

Who cares if she comes back or not. It's just a game. What's important how she is doing with her health.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

I hate to see this with Pat, and she should step down when she's ready. However, I'm not sure anyone needs to be coaching the team other than Pat if she isnt ready to step down. JMO, the split role thing is hard to pull off. Need one person calling shots. Its rough on the players when you have split roles within the staff. It's a tough and sad situation to say the least.

I agree about the split coaching staff..The LV's never seem to understand who is calling the shots and seemed confused all season except for that blowout win over tucky..

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to PITBOSS009:

KEEP IT GOING COACH, STOP WHEN YOU ARE GOOD & READY. GOD BLESS & GO VOLS!!!!!

noone is ever ready to give up a million a year--------that will have to be a decision that she has input on but not TOTAL control over

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

Off topic, but it will be HOURS before GVX will post and article. BaseVols pull off their first home SEC sweep since 2008 today against Bama! Leaving them at 5-4 in conference play and if I'm not mistaking a 5 game winning streak with their mid week series against MVS. GREAT job guys! Great job Coach Serrano! Sorry to be off topic, but any good news is much needed at this time.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Off topic, but it will be HOURS before GVX will post and article. BaseVols pull off their first home SEC sweep since 2008 today against Bama! Leaving them at 5-4 in conference play and if I'm not mistaking a 5 game winning streak with their mid week series against MVS. GREAT job guys! Great job Coach Serrano! Sorry to be off topic, but any good news is much needed at this time.

Rich,

Thanks for that baseball update !

As far as Hart is concerned, Climer will probably tell him what should be done.

Anyway, a legend for sure, Pat will do what is best for the program when the time is right. Whenever that moment arrives, it will big news and huge pressure to replace her.

I can wait........as I'm pulling for Pat and her Lady Vols.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Off topic, but it will be HOURS before GVX will post and article. BaseVols pull off their first home SEC sweep since 2008 today against Bama! Leaving them at 5-4 in conference play and if I'm not mistaking a 5 game winning streak with their mid week series against MVS. GREAT job guys! Great job Coach Serrano! Sorry to be off topic, but any good news is much needed at this time.

Thx Rich, I lost the connection in the top of the 6th inning and it was tied at 3..Great to beat bammer and that gives UT a 5&4 SEC record..GBO!!

Ringleader writes:

in response to PureOrange:

If anyone has ever earned the right to say when, it is Pat Summitt. She doesn't owe anyone any explanations! Her work; her dedication; her ability; and being the great person she is, and always has been, says it all.

There are simply not enough words to express the true value of Pat Summitt. She has always made it easy to pull for her. Now, in this terrible battle, she just needs to know we are all here for her, and that we will never forget how much she means to us, and how much she is appreciated.

No person in our state (or any other)stands taller than Pat Summitt.

Yep, there is no one bigger at FSU than Bobby Bowden. The problem is when old timers begins to set in, you no longer make the proper decisions and say the right things.

But, let me tell you, Dave Hart is not the answer, he is exactly why we had seven assistant football coaches leave. None of them, not a one of them trust Hart. There was a reason FSU fired him and refused to pay him any severance. He is not help, he is part of the problem.

born2ride writes:

It is time for Pat to go.

Along with Dooley.

SGTSpurge writes:

in response to born2ride:

It is time for Pat to go.

Along with Dooley.

born2ride, it's time for you to go...just saying.

Back on topic, I would like to see CPS work something out to where she could coach until she hits win #2,000 and then step down. Perhaps name someone as a "coach in waiting." She goes out with a mile-stone win and we have someone ready to step in. Having said that, whoever steps in will have a heck of a time stepping in, whenever that time comes. In the mean time, best wishes to CPS and her family. Go Vols!

Pullingguard writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

I hate to see this with Pat, and she should step down when she's ready. However, I'm not sure anyone needs to be coaching the team other than Pat if she isnt ready to step down. JMO, the split role thing is hard to pull off. Need one person calling shots. Its rough on the players when you have split roles within the staff. It's a tough and sad situation to say the least.

There comes a time for all of us and we as individuals usually are the last to recognize that we have overstayed our contribution to that we are charged to do... This is the case for Pat Summitt... Her time has come and this past year the contribution she made from in game coaching was minimal... At times I felt sorry for her and those around her... She has ran a good race and contributed much, but its her time to go...So please do not disappoint us Pat.

wilsnewt writes:

Good grief, media jerks leave this family alone for THEIR decision. I am so sick of these articles. Pat has given so much. She deserves respect at this time in her career. Whew I feel better now.

HuttVOL100 writes:

Based on Harts past with Bobby Bowden, I doubt if he'll force Pat out.

Anne37128 writes:

We all love Pat Summitt. Any team that makes it to the Elite Eight is a great team. Pat has spoiled us with higher expectations. Pat is not a quitter, and she loves coaching and teaching. It has to be very hard for her to admit it is time to step down. It has hurt us as fans to watch her mental limitations this past season for she obviously is not capable of coaching as she once did. She has a very loyal staff who have pulled off this past year of coaching. They are a family and committed to supporting Pat. The Athletic department could give her an honorary position to complete 40 years of service to the University. It is my opinion Pat should step down as head coach while she is at the top of her career and go out with dignity.

VolnPickwick writes:

in response to SGTSpurge:

born2ride, it's time for you to go...just saying.

Back on topic, I would like to see CPS work something out to where she could coach until she hits win #2,000 and then step down. Perhaps name someone as a "coach in waiting." She goes out with a mile-stone win and we have someone ready to step in. Having said that, whoever steps in will have a heck of a time stepping in, whenever that time comes. In the mean time, best wishes to CPS and her family. Go Vols!

I too wish she could keep raising that number. But to get to 2000 wins is impossible (almost). She hac coached for 38 years and has 1100 wins, thats 28.9 wins per year average, at that same average it would take her another 31 years to get to 2000 wins, and she is 59 years old, that would make her 90. That's stretching it just a touch! Go Vols!

SoddyVol writes:

Maybe Pat will hold off until Pearl finishes his 3 yrs suspension and he can be hired as LVol coach.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to SGTSpurge:

born2ride, it's time for you to go...just saying.

Back on topic, I would like to see CPS work something out to where she could coach until she hits win #2,000 and then step down. Perhaps name someone as a "coach in waiting." She goes out with a mile-stone win and we have someone ready to step in. Having said that, whoever steps in will have a heck of a time stepping in, whenever that time comes. In the mean time, best wishes to CPS and her family. Go Vols!

Dang, dude, you must have misplaced a decimal point in figuring Pat's career record! Two thousand wins would be NINE HUNDRED AND TWO more than she has now. She would have to coach with success equivalent to her career average for at least THIRTY MORE years to reach 2000.

SGTSpurge writes:

in response to VolnPickwick:

I too wish she could keep raising that number. But to get to 2000 wins is impossible (almost). She hac coached for 38 years and has 1100 wins, thats 28.9 wins per year average, at that same average it would take her another 31 years to get to 2000 wins, and she is 59 years old, that would make her 90. That's stretching it just a touch! Go Vols!

Yeh, it was late when I read the article and what I thought was 1, 998 was in fact 1,098. However I stand by my proposition that she be allowed to continue until she hits 1,100.

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