Sunday, June 26, 2016

Ackermann PR Releases Statement on Former Coach's Condition

The family of former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt released a statement Sunday confirming recent reports she is going through a "difficult" time in her battle with Alzheimer's disease.
On behalf of Pat Summitt’s family, we acknowledge the past few days have been difficult for Pat as her early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ progresses," the statement read. "She is surrounded by those who mean the most to her and during this time, we ask for prayers for Pat and her family and friends, as well as your utmost respect and privacy. Thank you.
The statement was released by Erin Freeman of Ackermann Public Relations.

The Knoxville News Sentinel previously reported Summitt's loved ones were "preparing for the worst."

The 64-year-old was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011. She retired from coaching following the 2011-12 season and has the title of head coach emeritus in Knoxville. Tennessee won eight national championships and made 18 Final Four appearances during her tenure.

Her health has steadily declined since her diagnosis. While she completed a full season as a coach following the diagnosis, longtime Lady Vols announcer Mickey Dearstone gave insight into her worsened state in a March interview with' Dennis Dodd.

“I’m not sure that she knows who I am unless I tell her,” Dearstone said. “People that were really close to her, it’s really sunk in.”

The average life expectancy of someone diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease is eight to 10 years, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Tyler Summitt Resigns from LA Tech

Tyler Summitt, the son of legendary former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, resigned as head coach of Louisiana Tech today. He released the following statement through the school:
It is with great regret that I resign from my position as head coach of the women’s basketball program at Louisiana Tech University,” he said in a statement released by the university Thursday. “I am profoundly disappointed in myself for engaging in a relationship that has negatively affected the people I love, respect and care about the most. 
My hope, plans and prayers are to repair those relationships. I am appreciative of the opportunity I was given to coach at Louisiana Tech. I am heartbroken that my time has ended in Ruston, [Louisiana], but because of my respect for the institution, it is best that I resign. I am hopeful the media and the public will respect the privacy of my family and me as we deal with this difficult situation I have caused.
Swish Appeal, which is SB Nation’s women’s basketball blog, reports that Summitt impregnated an unnamed player on the team.

Summitt is 25 years old and married, and this was his second season coaching Louisiana Tech women’s basketball team. Prior to getting that job, he was an assistant at Marquette from 2012 through 2014.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Pat Summitt No Longer at Her Own Home

Pat Summitt is staying at "an upscale retirement resort," her son, Tyler Summitt, told the News Sentinel. Pat Summitt announced in August of 2011 that she had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease.

She moved there in late January while her regular home underwent renovation and is enjoying her stay at what Tyler Summitt described as "her home away from home."

Friday, July 04, 2014

Pat Summitt Still Head Coach Emeritus

Pat Summitt will remain the Tennessee women's basketball head coach emeritus next season and can continue holding the position as long as she wants it.

That's according to a new contract signed in May and obtained Thursday night through a public records request. It states that Summitt will have the title head coach emeritus "in perpetuity, or until she chooses to relinquish it."

Summitt will make $75,000 under terms of the contract, which runs through April 30. She had been paid $85,000 last year.

Summitt has served as head coach emeritus since ending her 38-season tenure as the Lady Vols' coach in April 2012. That came one year after announcing she had early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Lady Vols #Chillin4Charity

Holly Warlick and Pat Summitt are chillin' for charity in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bobby Maze to Host 2nd Annual Celebrity Basketball Game

Former University of Tennessee basketball player, Bobby Maze, will host the 2nd the Annual BMaze Celebrity Game on June 28, 2014 at the Knoxville Convention Center. Proceeds will benefit the Pat Summitt Foundation. The game will feature the Tennessee “All-Stars” vs. the “Pros.” Tennessee “All-Stars scheduled to attend include Chris Lofton, Tobias Harris, Eric Berry, Arian Foster, Albert Haynesworth and Meighan Simmons. Simmons will be the first female participant in the event. The “Pros” squad will feature Dez Bryant, Michael Beasley, Ty Lawson, Greg Oden, Ahmad Bradshaw and Rapper Wale. Other special guests will include Ice JJ Fish and Lil Terrio.

The Pat Summitt Foundation, a fund of East Tennessee Foundation, was established by Pat and Tyler Summitt in November 2011. Pat Summitt, her family and friends have chosen East Tennessee Foundation to receive and manage contributions to Pat’s fund, and to facilitate their grant-making in support of the mission. To learn more visit the website at

Doors will open at noon and the game will begin at 2:00 PM. A special area for fans will include interactive games such as bounce houses and basketball contests. Fans also will have special opportunities presented from various local and national vendors. Halftime of the game will feature a 3-point and slam dunk contest that will include 2007 NBA All-Star Dunk Contest winner Gerald Green.

Tickets can be purchased at There are general admission and VIP ticket options available for purchase. Tickets will also be available on the day of the event at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014