Pat Summitt's coaching future has been a topic of discussion just about everywhere except Tennessee's coaching staff meetings.
Lady Vols associate head coach Holly Warlick expects Summitt to broach the subject with her assistants now that UT's women's basketball season is complete. Summitt just finished her 38th season as coach of the Lady Vols. It was the first, however, in terms of her battle with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.
"I think she will ask for our input,'' associate head coach Holly Warlick said on Wednesday. "I don't know where she's going with it, I really don't. But I think she'll ask us. That will be a conversation we'll have with her."
Warlick said that she doesn't expect the staff to meet as a whole until at least next week. Warlick will attend this weekend's Final Four in Denver. She has meetings to attend as a Women's Basketball Coaches Association board member.
Warlick said that Summitt also will attend and be honored along with other Olympic coaches between Sunday night's semifinal games.
Throughout the season, Warlick said that she expects Summitt to return next season and she's not altering her view.
"All indications to me are she's going to be back," Warlick said. "That's my thoughts. That's not her telling me one thing or another."
Whatever Summitt decides, Warlick thinks that Summitt's son, Tyler, will play an important role in the process.
"She'll have a lot of guidance from Tyler,'' Warlick said. "I think Tyler is going to be good for her in terms of what she wants."
In the meantime, Warlick was meeting with Tennessee's returning players on Wednesday. She said that offseason workouts will start next week. Since there are only six returnees, the work likely will be individual in nature.
As for recruiting, Tennessee hopes to sign junior college prospects Wilka Montout and Uju Ugoka during next month's signing period to fortify its post game.
While Warlick can't speak about specific recruits, she did address UT's recruiting as it pertains to Summitt's future.
"Nobody has said: 'I'm not going to decide until I find out what Summitt's doing,' '' Warlick said. "But I'm sure it's in the back of their minds."