Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt ended her legendary career in 2012. Two years later, her son, Tyler, will begin his college coaching career as he is set to be hired as the Louisiana Tech women’s head coach, the school announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Neither the school nor Summitt commented on the hiring in a press release issued by the school on Tuesday. An introductory press conference is set for noon on Wednesday.
Summitt is only 23-years old, but grew up around his mother and her Tennessee program before enrolling in the university and playing on the men’s basketball team for two seasons. Pat Summitt won 1,098 games and eight National Titles and was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. She was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s before the start of the 2011-2012 season. She retired that April.
Tyler Summitt spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the Marquette’s women’s team. He’s taking over a program with a rich tradition, though, the Lady Techsters have dealt with back-to-back losing seasons.
Louisiana Tech finished 12-20 (5-11 Conference USA) this past season. Teresa Weatherspoon was fired as head coach on March 15.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.
Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”
The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.
Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”
Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.
The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.
Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.