The university announced Wednesday that Summitt’s salary will be $85,000, which is less than a quarter of the $354,375 earned in the role last year.
The agreement between Summitt and the university stated that she can contribute to “the continued success of the women’s basketball program but now desires to devote more time to the important work of the Pat Summitt Foundation in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.”
Summitt and the university agreed to the original one-year deal last April when Summitt stepped down after 38 seasons as head coach. She completed her final season after announcing in August of 2011 that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.
Longtime assistant Holly Warlick replaced Summitt as coach and received a four-year deal with a base salary of $485,000.
“We are excited to have Pat Summitt continue to be affiliated with our athletics department, and specifically our women’s basketball program, which she built into the finest program in the nation,” said vice chancellor and director of athletics Dave Hart in a statement released by the university. “Her continued example of leadership and courage sends an everlasting message to our student-athletes, coaches and staff.”
At the time of the transition, Summitt described her new duties succinctly.
“If anyone asks,” she said, “you can find me observing practice or in my office.”
Summitt was a regular at Lady Vols practices. She also served as a mentor to the players and the staff.
Senior Taber Spani made a point of seeking out Summitt before the opening tip at home games this past season and giving her a hug.
“You just see how courageous she is, being in the public, being at practice,” Spani said during the season. “That takes guts, no matter what’s going on, especially with what she’s going through. I don’t know how those qualities cannot rub off on everyone on our team.”
Warlick indicated in January that she values whatever presence Summitt maintains.
“She’s a reminder of where this program is and who built this program, the great tradition and how much respect we have for her,” Warlick said.