Court documents in a lawsuit brought by former Lady Vols publicist Debby Jennings include a sworn affidavit by Summitt in which she states that Hart told her prior to the NCAA tournament that she would not return as coach for the 2012-13 season.
Summitt, who announced prior to last season she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, described the meeting with Hart as “surprising” and “very hurtful.” Summitt acknowledged a subsequent meeting at which Hart indicated she had “misinterpreted what he said.”
While we’ll leave it up to the courts to determine the merits of Jennings’ complaint, this much is clear: Hart is a tough customer. In his role as UT’s athletics director, he’s not afraid to make the hard call. He doesn’t worry about hurting anybody’s feelings. He isn’t averse to change.
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