Summitt Files For Divorce

August 15, 2007

(Sports Overtime) -- Longtime Lady Vol basketball coach Pat Summitt filed for divorce from her husband, R.B. Summitt, Wednesday in Blount County, that according to the (Maryville/Alcoa) Daily Times.

The newspaper is also reporting that the attorney for Pat Summitt said the coach and R.B. are making an effort to conclude the divorce amicably.

Pat and R.B. have been married for the better part of 26 years. Together, they have one child, Tyler, who attends Webb School.

In 33 seasons at Tennessee, Summitt has posted a 947-180 record. She has also guided the Lady Vols to seven national championships, most recently this past April.

In addition, the Lady Vols under Summitt have made 26 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Sweet 16 and produced 12 Olympians.

Summitt has a 100% graduation rate among all Lady Vols who have completed their eligibility. Her entire coaching career has been spent at Tennessee. Summitt graduated from Tennessee-Martin in 1974 and became coach of Tennessee beginning with the 1974-75 season.


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  • by BETTYE Location: WASHINGTON STATE on Aug 18, 2007 at 04:44 PM
    I AM SORRY THAT PAT IS HAVING TO GO THROUGH A DIVORCE;I AHD TO DO THE SAME THING WHEN MY DAUGHTER WAS 2 AND MY SON WAS 8;A DIVORCE CAN BE DEVASTATING,ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE CHILDREN INVOLVED,AS I DID;MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH HER AND HER SON.
  • by Connie Location: Maryville on Aug 18, 2007 at 02:40 PM
    I feel that the publication of this article is very distasteful. What goes on in the Coach's personal life is personal and should not be publicized in the media. If she was NOT the winning coach from UT the story would never have been printed. Why does the news always report on the negative and rarely the positive.
  • by bryan Location: east knoxville on Aug 16, 2007 at 10:25 PM
    well i can see why the media has to mention this. i mean she is a local celebrity. as for why it hasn't been mentioned, i would say it's not been on the media before now for that very reason .. she didn't "file" until now. it's been rumor for a long time, not it's legally official. Very sad that so many marriages end up like this. I know this must have been a horrible process for her and look how she has kept her poise!
  • by Roy Location: Richmond, VA on Aug 16, 2007 at 09:22 PM
    Pat Summit is an amazing individual who possesses qualities others can only hope for in their dreams. Yes, divorce is difficult but it's part of life for 2/3 of all marriages. One's personal life is "personal" and everyone deserves privacy. It would behoove the American people to avoid concerning themselves with the lives of others for which they know nothing about. I will be watching every single one of UT's women's basketball games during the 2007/2008 season and have no doubt that this team will again be the NATIONAL CHAMPIONS.
  • by Debbie on Aug 16, 2007 at 02:11 PM
    My thoughts are with her and her son. This is not an easy thing to go through. So please I would ask the media not to drag her personal life out in the open. Think about her son's feelings. Would any of you wont your divorce played out in the media? If Pat and her family wonts the world to know whats is going on in her life I'm sure she will tell us about it. Or even make a statement to the press.
  • by Jim Location: Hohenwald on Aug 16, 2007 at 11:33 AM
    Pat Summitt is a very strong person, but divorce is hard on anyone. I can only pray that she and her family will come through this with as little damage as possible. Pat has proven over many years that she deserves the very best because that is what she has always given to everyone around her. May God bless her and her family.
  • by Harold Location: Jacksboro on Aug 16, 2007 at 10:23 AM
    I have known about this since Dec. '06. Why is this just now being written about. We wish her family the best and hope for her privacy to be respected.
  • by BOB Location: KNOXVILLE on Aug 16, 2007 at 09:03 AM
    My thoughts and prayers are with Pat & RB at this trying time. If they handle this as well as they have handled everything else in their professional lives, they will make Fergie and Andrew look like the Mousecatear Club. Good Luck Folks.
  • by MsVanese Location: Knoxville on Aug 16, 2007 at 08:56 AM
    I sure hate to hear that. I will pray for them because after 26 years I am sure it wasn't an easy decision to make.
  • by Cherrie Location: Knoxville, TN on Aug 16, 2007 at 08:30 AM
    I am sure Pat Summit has given this pending divorce a great deal of thought, consideration and prayer. She has a son to think about but sometimes, you have to do what is best for your daily family life and not be concerned about what other people think. What people think about this is not important. It is really none of our business. "Those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter." I hope the entire family will find peace and contentment. They all deserve that. May God bless them all.
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