Hall of Famer Pat Summitt will remain the Tennessee women’s basketball head coach emeritus this season, per an AP report. Summitt agreed to a deal that will pay her $75,000 for this season, the same amount she received last year.
As was the case last year, this new deal states that Summitt will have the head coach emeritus title “in perpetuity, or until she chooses to relinquish it.”
It’s hard to argue that Summitt, 63, deserves anything less than such a title. She coached the Lady Vols from 1972 up until 2012, shortly after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.
In her Hall of Fame career, she went 1,098-208 and won eight women’s national championships, including three in a row from 1996-1998.
In 1998, the Lady Vols went undefeated under her watch.
The only coaches that have won more titles than her are longtime rival and Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma and longtime UCLA coach John Wooden.
Needless to say, Summitt is a legend of the game, and to not have her be the Lady Vols’ head coach emeritus just sounds wrong.
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