On Thursday, five years after Tyler Summitt resigned in disgrace as head coach of the women’s basketball team at Louisiana Tech, he will be with the woman at the center of the scandal that brought him down.
Summitt was having an extramarital affair with the team’s starting point guard, Brooklyn Pumroy. Now they are married and live with their 2-year-old son, Breck, on the banks of Choctaw Lake in London, Ohio.
“I think we really just try to keep praying for forgiveness,” Summitt told USA TODAY Sports. “We still feel the guilt.”
Summitt, 30, got divorced from his first wife after the scandal broke in 2016. It was public humiliation for the only child of Pat Summitt, arguably the greatest coach in women’s college basketball history.
At Tennessee, Pat Summitt won eight national championships, with Tyler Summitt attending most of those title games. He also helped oversee his mother’s medical care after she was diagnosed in 2011 early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, which forced her to retire at 59.
She died about two months after Summitt resigned at Louisiana Tech.
“That year is just still a blur for me,’’ Summitt said. “I saw more than one therapist just to process what was going on, whether it was Louisiana Tech or Mom passing away.
“Even now I look back and there’s still emotions. So I don’t know if I’ve fully processed it.’’