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.