Summitt to remain with Lady Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pat Summitt will continue in her role as the Tennessee head coach emeritus on Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick’s staff next season.

The university announced Wednesday Summitt had agreed to a one-year contract that will pay her $85,000, less than a quarter of the $354,375 she received for the same role this past year.

In her first season as head coach emeritus, Summitt attended most practices and watched virtually every home game from the stands. She also mentored players and coaches and assisted in on-campus recruiting.

“I’m excited about staying involved with the Lady Vol basketball program and also continuing my work with the Pat Summitt Foundation,” Summitt said in a statement. “I look forward to spending time with Holly, our staff and players and contributing whenever I can.”

Summitt’s divided responsibilities provide one possible reason for the decrease in her salary. Her new contract states Summitt “now desires to devote more time” to her foundation, which is dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease.

Summitt stepped down as the Tennessee head coach in April 2012, one year after announcing she had early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.

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