KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WRCB) - A decision on Pat Summitt's future with the University of Tennessee women's basketball program won't come until next week at the earliest.
Associate head coach Holly Warlick told the Knoxville News-Sentinel that Summitt plans to discuss the situation with her assistant coaches next week after a trip to the Final Four this weekend.
"I think she will ask for our input,'' Warlick told the paper's Dan Flesner. "I don't know where she's going with it, I really don't. But I think she'll ask us. That will be a conversation we'll have with her."
Warlick also said she expects Summitt's son, Tyler, to play a large role in the final decision.
Summitt just completed her 38th season as Tennessee's head coach, but she revealed last summer that she is battling early onset dementia.
Warlick has said all year that she expects Summitt will return for a 39th season next year, and her thinking hasn't changed since the Lady Vols lost to Baylor in the Elite Eight on Monday night.
"All indications to me are she's going to be back," Warlick told the Knoxville News-Sentinel. "That's my thoughts. That's not her telling me one thing or another."
Meanwhile, Lady Vol fans are leaving best wishes by signing a billboard dedicated to Summitt.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that dozens showed up Wednesday to sign a large orange "We Back Pat" billboard, sponsored by Alzheimer's Tennessee Inc.
The legendary coach announced in August that she had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Her announcement has raised public awareness of dementia-causing diseases.
Summitt and former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer are co-chairs of a walk on April 14 to honor families coping with Alzheimer's.
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