With contract to expire, UT working on new deal for Pat Summitt

Tennessee head coach emeritus Pat Summitt smiles as a banner is raised in her honor before an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

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Tennessee head coach emeritus Pat Summitt smiles as a banner is raised in her honor before an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

While Pat Summitt’s one-year deal with the University of Tennessee concludes on Tuesday, her tenure as head coach emeritus for the women’s basketball program will continue at least for another year.

Negotiations between the university and the Lady Vols coaching legend are ongoing on a new one-year deal. UT spokesperson Jimmy Stanton said Tuesday afternoon that final details were being worked out on the contract.

Summitt stepped into her new role last April after stepping down as the Lady Vols coach after 38 seasons. She completed her final season after announcing in August of 2011 that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia Alzheimer’s type.

As head coach emeritus, Summitt signed for one year and with a salary of $354,375. She received four tickets at Thompson-Boling Arena for women’s home games and the university arranged for four seats in a comparable location for away games. Summitt didn’t travel much for games, attending only the season opener at Chattanooga and a Jan. 24 game at Vanderbilt.

Summitt was a regular observer at Lady Vols practices and interacted with the players away from the court. She spoke to the team after a second-round NCAA tournament victory over Creighton at the arena on March 25. Her words left a strong impression on senior Kamiko Williams.

“To have her tell you that she loves you and that she’s proud of you and that she wants you to keep going forward, that means a lot,” Williams said.

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snowpeapod#263184 writes:

I remember several years ago Johnny Bench signed a blank contract and told the Reds to fill in what he was worth. I think Tennessee should ask Pat what amount they should fill in and be assured that she would give them a reasonable figure that shouldn't have to be negotiated.

tovolny writes:

She represents UT very well. I think she should continue in the same role with a one year extension pending her doctor's assessment of her situation. We love Pat Summitt and want to keep her around as long as plausible.

SummittsCourt writes:

As long as Pat Summitt wants to work she should, she has earned that much and more. More power to you Pat!

mikeypanic writes:

when will enough be enough?

good grief.

PANCHO writes:

You have to know that Dave Hart is bitting at the bit to do away with Pat Summitt's contract. He's just got to figure out how without raising a ruckus with the natives.

voloffaith writes:

in response to mikeypanic:

when will enough be enough?

good grief.

Lil sarcasm...but does the sun ever shine in your neighborhood? She will be out of the picture sometime in the future as things progress. Can you allow a little more thanks til that time comes? Would you have wanted Coach Ray Mears treated badly in his last years? Thanks Coach Summitt !! The University could never really pay you enough to show their thanks and ours as Alumni.

Vol6083 writes:

in response to PANCHO:

You have to know that Dave Hart is bitting at the bit to do away with Pat Summitt's contract. He's just got to figure out how without raising a ruckus with the natives.

I agree that Hart would love to get rid of her contract. The last statement is another matter. I don't think it can be done without angering a lot of people. Just leave her alone, UT.

AlpharettaVol writes:

Pay her for as long as she lives. That still wouldn't be enough to repay her for all she has done for the university. I wish we had a dozen other coaches in any sport who were half the builder of young people that she was.

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

the most sure-fire way to be hated on this site is to say anything that the least bit might be perceived disrespectful of Pat Summitt which this post absolutely is not--i love her, respect her and admire her as much as anyone but just why does she need to be extended at this kind of money in athletic program already in a deep financial hole just to be mainly a figurehead????? She has deservingly made lots of money coaching here, has a court named after her and has so many honors and recognitions bestowed to show our love. We shouldnt have to continue to keep her on the payroll at that kind of money to show our love when shes having no active involvement in coaching now. Any suggestion that not continuing to giving her 300+/yr essentially free money as a figurehead primarily is disrespecful and treating her bad is just rediculous as is her making more money than the head coach which i would suspect she may------this is no longer an expense UT needs to or should have to afford to have-----all good things have to come to an end--------Ok, let the attacks come as I know they will

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to PANCHO:

You have to know that Dave Hart is bitting at the bit to do away with Pat Summitt's contract. He's just got to figure out how without raising a ruckus with the natives.

It's a shame that you are so damn stupid.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to Johnny_Aint_No_Del_Shofner:

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Read my post directed to Poncho.

richvol writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Lil sarcasm...but does the sun ever shine in your neighborhood? She will be out of the picture sometime in the future as things progress. Can you allow a little more thanks til that time comes? Would you have wanted Coach Ray Mears treated badly in his last years? Thanks Coach Summitt !! The University could never really pay you enough to show their thanks and ours as Alumni.

I was friends with Ray Mears after he "retired" and he was treated poorly by UT. He told me he never made more than 35000 and had NO retirement income from UT. He did finally get tickets to the games...on the second level.

Reminds me of how UT treated our Hall of Fame coach George Cafego...the greatest kicking coach in history when UT forced him out. They gave him the used van that one of the teams had used for years. It had over 100,000 miles on it. Truly a generous gesture don't you think after 40 years at UT?

thevoice writes:

in response to yabadabadoo1026:

the most sure-fire way to be hated on this site is to say anything that the least bit might be perceived disrespectful of Pat Summitt which this post absolutely is not--i love her, respect her and admire her as much as anyone but just why does she need to be extended at this kind of money in athletic program already in a deep financial hole just to be mainly a figurehead????? She has deservingly made lots of money coaching here, has a court named after her and has so many honors and recognitions bestowed to show our love. We shouldnt have to continue to keep her on the payroll at that kind of money to show our love when shes having no active involvement in coaching now. Any suggestion that not continuing to giving her 300+/yr essentially free money as a figurehead primarily is disrespecful and treating her bad is just rediculous as is her making more money than the head coach which i would suspect she may------this is no longer an expense UT needs to or should have to afford to have-----all good things have to come to an end--------Ok, let the attacks come as I know they will

I don't disagree with you, but I believe UTAD has weighed the options and decided $350,000 is a worthwhile price to pay for preventing a fanbase controversy. With the football program needing support, the last thing UT needs is a spit fanbase.

thevoice writes:

in response to thevoice:

I don't disagree with you, but I believe UTAD has weighed the options and decided $350,000 is a worthwhile price to pay for preventing a fanbase controversy. With the football program needing support, the last thing UT needs is a spit fanbase.

Split fanbase

volforeverandever writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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I been wondering how someone could make such stupid comments over and over and I now understand.You are so delusional that now you are answering your own comments and talking to yourself.Which I guess makes since hardly a soul agrees with you,so have to have a pretend friend.I am going to try to help you out there little feller here goes ,I will pretend too.Tyler Bray was drafted in the 1st round and was the toast of the draft.The coaches ,scouts , commentators and fans were raving about him.Tune in on NBC in the morning and the entire Today Show is dedicated to Bray (They outbid Good Morning America for the interview) Bray is going to have his own show on ESPN where he gives Gruden pointers since he was wowed by Brays football knowledge . How's that little feller feel better? Now you can go nite nite with a smile on your face.

utvolfan1955 writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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I call you something that starts with D and rhymes with the Nike logo

volforeverandever writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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No,I yam who I yam. All you have to do is read the post and most agree that you are an insult to the fine people of College Grove and have proved you wrong over and over.You remind me of Vandy people.They think they know all but people laugh at them.

mikeypanic writes:

women's basketball never mattered and it never will, no matter how many how many articles you read on KNS that says it does.

split fanbase makes me lol. Nobody cares about women's basketball.

volforeverandever writes:

in response to Johnny_Aint_No_Del_Shofner:

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Hey there Einstien,who had their name enshrined at Neyland?Was it Cafego?Was it Fulmer?Oh wow golly gee it must have been Johnny Majors.If you ever come to Neyland you can look at it and have a screaming fit and see what good it will do you.Johnny is up there with the best.That is another fact for your truth squad.

voloffaith writes:

in response to mikeypanic:

women's basketball never mattered and it never will, no matter how many how many articles you read on KNS that says it does.

split fanbase makes me lol. Nobody cares about women's basketball.

Not so fast my young fr..oops poster child!! There are way more of us who back Lady Vols Basketball than your type who dislike it ...yet you read articles and comment on them ..all this when you have great disdain for it.................Coach Summitt made it matter and the brand has her touch and legacy......just don't read the articles and maybe..just maybe mikey won't be in a panic..........or cause some either.......

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

I am definitely not speaking about all posters on this site but it reads like a comedy. Morons responding to morons. If the original topic wasn't so serious it would be downright funny.

tovolny writes:

Lots of erroneous statements made by posters today. Too many to categorize. The word for today is "Caveat lector"...if you don't know what it means, look it up.

eb502us#225637 writes:

With all due respect to Pat Summit, this sounds like a BIG waste of money for an athletic Dept. that is operating with little or no reserve.

I don't profess to know exactly what she does with her title, but rest assured if she had the university in mind, she'd be working pro-bono for the little time she probably puts in. As for the perks, I'm sure she'd have gotten those whether working or not.

I'm not naive to know that Pat is certainly the face of women's basketball and worth far more in association to the university than the 355k she was paid, but it just seems to me that its a "created" position that we can ill afford at this time.

Flame away if you wish but at some point, the bird is going to come home to roost.

BigOrangeSmoker writes:

class act...to bad the men cant find a good coach.I say throw money to Tom Isso at Mich St.

coffy73 writes:

in response to mikeypanic:

women's basketball never mattered and it never will, no matter how many how many articles you read on KNS that says it does.

split fanbase makes me lol. Nobody cares about women's basketball.

It mattered enough for you to take time out of your oh so interesting life to comment, ha!

Sometimes you gotta laugh at "special" ones.

ONUV writes:

women's basketball loses money so why would pat head make any?

cs.vols#670063 writes:

Why do we have to keep paying her at all, does she need the money?

Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

in response to mikeypanic:

when will enough be enough?

good grief.

I was thinking the same thing about your post.

Psychology 101: You DON'T make yourself look better by running others down.

eduardo writes:

Mears was treated badly by none other than Douglas Adair Dickey. No reason to pay a womens bball coach astronomical money. Just doesnt emerit it! lol!

golfman1975 writes:

in response to mikeypanic:

when will enough be enough?

good grief.

Your contract needs to be terminated on here.

iluvols#1417400 writes:

in response to snowpeapod#263184:

I am definitely not speaking about all posters on this site but it reads like a comedy. Morons responding to morons. If the original topic wasn't so serious it would be downright funny.

agree. too much ado about nothing.
sheesh. let's watch nba and nhl playoffs.
but if i'm responding to you, does that make me a moron? :)

lstbodeanvol writes:

in response to Johnny_Aint_No_Del_Shofner:

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and we hear from flowers again LOL

lstbodeanvol writes:

in response to mikeypanic:

when will enough be enough?

good grief.

we have had enough of you !

lstbodeanvol writes:

in response to yabadabadoo1026:

the most sure-fire way to be hated on this site is to say anything that the least bit might be perceived disrespectful of Pat Summitt which this post absolutely is not--i love her, respect her and admire her as much as anyone but just why does she need to be extended at this kind of money in athletic program already in a deep financial hole just to be mainly a figurehead????? She has deservingly made lots of money coaching here, has a court named after her and has so many honors and recognitions bestowed to show our love. We shouldnt have to continue to keep her on the payroll at that kind of money to show our love when shes having no active involvement in coaching now. Any suggestion that not continuing to giving her 300+/yr essentially free money as a figurehead primarily is disrespecful and treating her bad is just rediculous as is her making more money than the head coach which i would suspect she may------this is no longer an expense UT needs to or should have to afford to have-----all good things have to come to an end--------Ok, let the attacks come as I know they will

she has 3 courts named for her (1) TBA (3) UT-Martin & a statue there (3) Ashland city High school gym

lstbodeanvol writes:

in response to mikeypanic:

women's basketball never mattered and it never will, no matter how many how many articles you read on KNS that says it does.

split fanbase makes me lol. Nobody cares about women's basketball.

nobody cares about mikeypanic aka mike in UConn what a richard

lstbodeanvol writes:

in response to ONUV:

women's basketball loses money so why would pat head make any?

are you really that stupid ? besides they lead the nation in attendance each year

MetroplexMojo writes:

I know the $$$ situation is tight but I think CPS should be the "goodwill ambassador" as long as she is able. She has done enough for the university and there is still some intangible benefit with her being associated with UT. Let's not forget that she left several million (and avoided a divisive departure) on the table by deciding to retire. I don't know what her compensation should be for her role but do believe it should be reduced over time due as she takes a less active role due to her diagnosis.

2lecontevol writes:

in response to cs.vols#670063:

Why do we have to keep paying her at all, does she need the money?

You have no respect for the people who made this University great. I guess you want to know why we have General Neyland's name on the stadium and not a corporate name to make money. Go away troll.

Snapshot writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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Negotiations for another year for her are underway. It might help to actually read the article before you start with your garbage.

"Greatest", really? Jeffy may be the greatest benchwarmer, but that is about it.

ColPhorbin writes:

Yeah, why is Pat Summit still around? And why can't Thompson Boling bring Phish back to Knoxville?

utvolfan1955 writes:

in response to Johnny_Aint_No_Del_Shofner:

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At least you didn't refer to her as Trish like you normally do to make it seem like you actually know her to make it look like you are possibly someone that matters.

Biggie writes:

in response to mikeypanic:

when will enough be enough?

good grief.

Pat IS women's basketball. As long as she remains Coach, emeritus or otherwise, kids will want to come here. If you don't see the value she brings to UT, you should seek more gainful employment. The smoke from the mcburgers is affecting your thought processes.

Classof72 writes:

There is no truth to the rumor that Dave Hart plans to replace Pat Summitt as Coach Emeritus with a former women's basketball coach from Alabama.

In an unrelated development, the National Transportation Safety Board is not sending a team to examine the wreckage of the UTAD. Fans, however, are cautioned not to try to hold their breath until things get better.

ps11824 writes:

Will we live long enough to become insignificant? When are we aware of being a piece of old worthless furniture? What to do with that old dusty, wobbly thing? Sure would look better in here without it, but we can't just throw it out, can we?

On my worst days, I feel kinda like that. Young'uns, they're just taking over. The Book of Job, a good read.

AlpharettaVol writes:

The reason the Athletic Dept is in such bad shape financially is because we insist on continuing to pay gazillions out to guys we have fired. To paraphrase that old comic Lewis Grizzard, "Let's stop hiring coaches altogether and just find a few out there that we don't like and give them each several million dollars." it would short-circuit the process we have now and go directly to the bottom line.

powert#205805 writes:

in response to mikeypanic:

women's basketball never mattered and it never will, no matter how many how many articles you read on KNS that says it does.

split fanbase makes me lol. Nobody cares about women's basketball.

+1

They have a small rabid fan base, but overall very few people care.

BigBadVol writes:

in response to mikeypanic:

when will enough be enough?

good grief.

Could you possibly show any less character? I don't think so. I'm sure you giggled.

BigBadVol writes:

in response to snowpeapod#263184:

I am definitely not speaking about all posters on this site but it reads like a comedy. Morons responding to morons. If the original topic wasn't so serious it would be downright funny.

This!

miketn6 writes:

What is with the one year deals? Even if Pat's health deteriorates, UT will use her name to bolster the athletic department for decades into the future. She deserves a 3 year minimum deal or auto-renewals going forward.

underthehill writes:

in response to Classof72:

There is no truth to the rumor that Dave Hart plans to replace Pat Summitt as Coach Emeritus with a former women's basketball coach from Alabama.

In an unrelated development, the National Transportation Safety Board is not sending a team to examine the wreckage of the UTAD. Fans, however, are cautioned not to try to hold their breath until things get better.

Have to agree with the last sentence..not sure about a team being sent..at some point..to examine the wreckage..and it appears someone has stepped in and stopped Hart from bringing in more bama cronies..after the Sunseri disaster..at least for the time being..so one the UT legends is not likely to be replaced by a former bama coach..

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