Tyler Summitt’s favoritism divided Louisiana Tech team, say parents – USA TODAY

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Louisiana Tech women’s basketball coach Tyler Summitt, son of legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summit, has resigned after admitting to having an inappropriate relationship.

Tyler Summitt’s treatment of Louisiana Tech’s starting point guard divided the team months before Summitt resigned Thursday as women’s basketball coach, parents of team members told USA TODAY Sports.

Summitt’s perceived favoritism of Brooke Pumroy and its negative impact on the team led junior Ashley Santos to address the matter with assistant coaches, according to Santos’ father, Jose.

“She presented to the coaches that some of the girls had confided in her that if things didn’t start to change, or some things weren’t addressed, they were not returning,’’ Jose Santos told USA TODAY Sports. “They didn’t like the environment at all and they talked about leaving and that’s a fact.

“I know for sure that Ashley was told there would be adjustments made and it never happened.’’

Ashley Santos on Friday posted a midriff-bearing photo of herself online to prove she was not impregnated by Summitt, the player’s parents told USA TODAY Sports Friday.

Jose Santos said his daughter felt she had no choice as rumors escalated online that Summitt, the son of Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt, resigned because he had impregnated one of the two players on Louisiana Tech’s team who transferred in from Marquette, and Ashley Santos is one. Pumroy is the other.

In a statement Summitt released Thursday, he said, “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.” He did not say with whom he had a relationship.

Louisiana Tech athletics director Tommy McClelland said Friday the school began investigating whether Summitt had engaged in an “inappropriate relationship” as soon as it was aware of the allegations and Summitt resigned before the investigation was complete. But he provided no information about the alleged relationship.

Jose Santos said Pumroy’s statistics reflect the favoritism issue. Pumroy, who was a 5-9 senior guard, took more than three times as many three-point shots (179) than any other team member, made 31.8% of those shots and led the team in minutes played (30.8 per game).

Jose Santos said his daughter also complained about Pumroy’s work ethic.

“We just felt that at the very least there was some basketball favoritism going on,’’ Jose Santos said. “If you know basketball, you could just see it. … (Pumroy) was doing whatever she wanted to do. She played without any fear of consequence.’’

Attempts to reach Pumroy for comment were unsuccessful. She announced during the season she would forgo her last year of eligibility.

Risha Moten, mother of junior forward Kevione Moten, said she felt the similar frustration while watching Pumroy during games.

“She could mess up a million times and (Summitt) wouldn’t take her out,’’ Risha Moten said. “There were so many things where Brooke could do anything she wanted to do and still stay on the court. Brooke, she had the green light on everything.’’

Trixie Dunning, mother of junior guard Rochelle Vasquez — who was Pumroy’s roommate — disagreed with the charges of favoritism but said the issue hurt the team during its 14-16 season.

“When some of the girls feel like there’s preferential treatment, then obviously it causes separation,’’ Dunning said.

Raymond Davenport, father of sophomore guard Niki Alexander, said, “It’s a terrible situation.’’

Tyler Summitt’s favoritism divided Louisiana Tech team, say parents – USA TODAY

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