KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tyler Summitt is back at the University of Tennessee in graduate school, divorced and feeling like he’s living a “whole other life.”
Summitt told the Knoxville News Sentinel in a story published Wednesday that he worries about what people think of him and how that might affect the legacy of his mother, former Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt. The winningest coach in Division I college basketball history, Summitt died June 28, 2016 , nearly five years after going public with her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
“There (have been) moments that were really hard on a lot of levels because I felt like I let mom down,” he said. “That was probably the biggest thing. I felt like I let her down in 10 different ways.”
Summitt resigned after two seasons as women’s basketball coach at Louisiana Tech in April 2016, admitting to an inappropriate relationship. That has led some people to congratulate him on “being a dad,” but Summitt said only that what happened did not make him a father.
He is studying at the Haslam College of Business and spoke on behalf of his mother’s…