Pat Summitt released a statement Friday saying it was her decision in April to step down as the Tennessee women’s basketball coach.
“It was entirely my decision to step down from my position as Head Coach of women’s basketball the University of Tennessee,” Summitt wrote in her statement.
Summitt, who stepped down on April 18 to become head coach emeritus of the Lady Vols program, also denied that she was “forced out” by Tennessee.
“Anyone who knows me knows that any such effort would have met with resistance,” Summitt wrote. “If my affidavit has caused confusion on that point, it needs to be dispelled.”
As we wrote last night, a statement from Summitt or her son Tyler would have been the only thing to aid Tennessee as it battled public scrutiny from Summitt’s signed affidavit, which stated athletic director Dave Hart made the decision in the spring to replace Summitt with long-time assistant coach Holly Warlick.
This statement from Summitt should help ease the minds of many Tennessee fans who were directing anger at the school on Thursday.