Knoxville News Sentinel, Michael Patrick, Associated Press
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pat Summitt says in an affidavit that she initially believed she was forced to step down as the Lady Vols basketball coach after the 2011-12 season by Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart.
The affidavit was part of former Lady Vols media director Debby Jennings' lawsuit against the University of Tennessee. In it, Summitt says Hart told her in March she would be replaced after the season.
Summitt says in the affidavit filed Wednesday in a Tennessee federal court that Hart later told her that she misinterpreted his comments from that conversation. Jennings' lawsuit alleges that age and sex discrimination led to Jennings' forced retirement.
University spokesperson Margie Nichols said last week it's "absolutely not true" that Summitt was forced to step down. Summitt is currently Tennessee's head coach emeritus.
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