Even Summitt not quite sure of new role

FILE - In this March 25, 2011, file photo, Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt watches practice for an NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional semifinal, n Dayton, Ohio. Summitt, the sport's winningest coach, is stepping aside as Tennessee's women's basketball coach and taking the title of 'head coach emeritus', the university announced Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Long-time assistant Holly Warlick has been named as Summitt's successor.  (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

FILE - In this March 25, 2011, file photo, Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt watches practice for an NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional semifinal, n Dayton, Ohio. Summitt, the sport's winningest coach, is stepping aside as Tennessee's women's basketball coach and taking the title of "head coach emeritus", the university announced Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Long-time assistant Holly Warlick has been named as Summitt's successor. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

Pat Summitt spoke of her new coaching duties on Wednesday with the same old devotion.

"If anyone asks,'' she said in a UT release, "you can find me observing practice or in my office."

She likely will be asking a few questions herself, after stepping down as Tennessee's coach after 38 seasons to become a head coach emeritus with the program. Summitt conceded in a interview with the News Sentinel on Wednesday that she isn't totally familiar yet with the full scope of her new position.

"We had to give it a name; that's pretty much what it is,'' she said. "They kind of outlined everything. I don't know exactly what it's going to be. We have some things we have to talk about."

According to information provided by the university, Summitt's primary duties and responsibilities will include being a liaison to athletic director Dave Hart and serving as an adviser to women's basketball.

Regarding basketball, Summitt may observe practice and participate in general staff meetings. She's allowed to analyze team or opponent video and analyze game or practice activities with members of the coaching staff. During games, she may enter the locker room during halftime and after games, provided she doesn't instruct players.

Summitt's player-development activities will be limited to personal mentoring and life-skills advice.

Regarding recruiting, Summitt may participate in on-campus recruiting for basketball and other sports and communicate with recruits and their families. She may send letters, emails or handwritten notes to recruits. She may attend official-visit meals and functions within 30 miles of campus, including hosting a prospect for a meal at a staff member's home.

Any impact Summitt still might have as a recruiter will be of paramount importance. The Lady Vols have just six returning players on campus and three high school seniors signed for next season.

"That's something she really enjoys, meeting the kids and meeting with the families,'' said former UT assistant Mickie DeMoss, who served as the program's recruiting coordinator. "She'll still have a big impact in that area."

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SquarePeg writes:

I suppose not, as she is blazing a new ground toward getting past the requirement - past 'goal' when her 40th year will provide for her a $1M take, should she qualify as 'emeritus' toward that end. It does appear both she and former hubby will be 'retired' about the same time, thus comes the end, surely, of the media blast that has been forced on us all for too long. Enough is enough!

It is, of course, expected this comment will be removed as all other are when such is contrary to what is hope will be received. We are not all simpletons, or sheep to the slaughter, so have at it!

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor know shes the ambassador for U of Tenn. Witch Doctor really glad Holly is taking over..Witch Doctor say Warlick has the fire and the love for the program. Witch Doctor say Pat being the "Face" for a million a year is a bargain.
Bones never lie.

utclassof67 writes:

in response to SquarePeg:

I suppose not, as she is blazing a new ground toward getting past the requirement - past 'goal' when her 40th year will provide for her a $1M take, should she qualify as 'emeritus' toward that end. It does appear both she and former hubby will be 'retired' about the same time, thus comes the end, surely, of the media blast that has been forced on us all for too long. Enough is enough!

It is, of course, expected this comment will be removed as all other are when such is contrary to what is hope will be received. We are not all simpletons, or sheep to the slaughter, so have at it!

Did this make any sense to anyone???

rockytom writes:

in response to utclassof67:

Did this make any sense to anyone???

Sorta....I think it's called sour grapes.

underthehill writes:

in response to utclassof67:

Did this make any sense to anyone???

No..but not unusual on this site...

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