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.