UT working on new deal for Pat Summitt as contract nears expiration
KNOXVILLE, TN (News Sentinel) -- While Pat Summitt's one-year deal with the University of Tennessee concludes on Tuesday, her tenure as head coach emeritus for the women's basketball program will continue at least for another year.
Negotiations between the university and the Lady Vols coaching legend are ongoing on a new one-year deal. UT spokesperson Jimmy Stanton said Tuesday afternoon that final details were being worked out on the contract.
Summitt stepped into her new role last April after stepping down as the Lady Vols coach after 38 seasons. She completed her final season after announcing in August of 2011 that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia Alzheimer's type.
As head coach emeritus, Summitt signed for one year and with a salary of $354,375. She received four tickets at Thompson-Boling Arena for women's home games and the university arranged for four seats in a comparable location for away games. Summitt didn't travel much for games, attending only the season opener at Chattanooga and a Jan. 24 game at Vanderbilt.
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