Pat Summitt (Getty Images)UPDATE: In a statement released Friday afternoon, Pat Summitt attempted to clear up the "misunderstandings" caused by the release of her sworn affidavit this week by insisting she was not forced to retire.
"It was entirely my decision to step down from my position as Head Coach of women's basketball at the University of Tennessee," Summitt said. "As I stated at my press conference in April when I announced my decision, I loved being the Head Coach for 38 years, but, after consultation with my son, my doctors, my lawyer, and several close friends, I concluded that the time had come to move into the future and step into a new role.
"I did not then, and I do not now, feel that I was "forced out" by the University. Anyone who knows me knows that any such effort would have met with resistance. If my affidavit has caused confusion on that point, it needs to be dispelled."
Six months after Pat Summitt insisted it was her decision to step away from the program she built into a national power, evidence has surfaced suggesting the legendary Lady Vols coach may have been coerced into retiring.
In a signed affidavit that's part of a lawsuit filed against the University of Tennessee by former Lady Vols media director Debby Jennings, Summitt said she felt athletic director Dave Hart was forcing her to step down due to her early-onset dementia. Summitt said she and Hart met one-on-one on March 14 just before the Lady Vols left for Chicago to begin NCAA tournament play.
"Dave Hart indicated to me that I would not be coaching the Lady Vol Basketball Team in the next school year (2012-13) and he planned to name Holly Warlick as the head coach," Summitt wrote.Read More »from Is it possible Pat Summitt was forced out of her job at Tennessee?