Tyler Summitt resigns over inappropriate relationship

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Tyler Summitt, the son of legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, resigned Thursday from his position as the Louisiana Tech women’s basketball coach and admitted to having an inappropriate relationship.

The school released a statement Thursday announcing his resignation.

“Effective immediately and for personal reasons, Tyler Summitt has stepped down as head coach of Louisiana Tech University’s women’s basketball program,” the statement said. “The university has accepted his resignation and appreciates the contributions he has made to the growth and success of the Lady Techsters program during his tenure. Louisiana Tech will immediately begin the process of selecting a new head coach to lead the women’s basketball program and student-athletes forward. Louisiana Tech wishes Tyler and his family the best of luck in the future.”

In two seasons as the head coach at Louisiana Tech, the 25-year-old Summitt led the team to a 30-31 record.

He also released a statement on the matter:

“It is with great regret that I resign from my position as head coach of the women’s basketball program at Louisiana Tech University. I am profoundly disappointed in myself for engaging in a relationship that has negatively affected the people I love, respect and care about the most. My hope, plans and prayers are to repair those relationships.

“I am appreciative of the opportunity I was given to coach at Louisiana Tech. I am heartbroken that my time has ended in Ruston, but because of my respect for the institution, it is best that I resign. I am hopeful the media and the public will respect the privacy of my family and me as we deal with this difficult situation I have caused.”

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