Louisiana Tech hires a Summitt — Pat Summitt’s son Tyler


Tyler Summitt is moving from Marquette to Louisiana State.  (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Louisiana Tech, one of the most storied women’s basketball programs, is hiring a big-name, albeit inexperienced, head coach.

Tyler Summitt, the son of the legendary former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, is expected to be introduced at a press conference today. Tyler, who is 23, has been an assistant at Marquette for the last two seasons. Ordinarily, that might be considered a spotty resume, but Tyler Summitt was a fixture at his mother’s games and won 1,098 of them, along with eight NCAA championships as she built Tennessee into a dynasty. She stepped down as coach after the 2012 season when it was revealed that she is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

In Tyler Summitt, Tech gets a national name, if not an established coach. The school fired Teresa Weatherspoon last month after the first back-to-back losing seasons in school history. And if Tyler Summitt seems awfully young, remember that Tennessee hired Pat Summitt when she was 22.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Cindy Boren · April 2, 2014