Tyler Summitt, the 25-year-old son of legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, resigned on Thursday from his post as head coach of the Louisiana Tech women's basketball team after admitting to "engaging in a relationship that has negatively affected the people" he loves.
"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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Son of legendary coach Pat Summitt resigned from his coaching position over a relationship
FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2014, file photo, Louisiana Tech women's basketball coach Tyler Summitt signals to his players during an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss. Tyler Summitt has resigned as Louisiana Tech womenâs basketball coach and acknowledged having an inappropriate relationship, Thursday, April 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 26: Assistant coach Tyler Summitt talks with Brooklyn Pumroy as head coach Terri Mitchell of the Marquette Golden Eagles looks on during the game against the South Florida Bulls at the Sun Dome on January 26, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Former women's basketball coach Pat Summitt (C), son Tyler (L) and NFL player Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos attend the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
In this photo taken on Dec. 11, 2014, Louisiana Tech women's basketball coach Tyler Summitt calls out to his players during an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss. His family pedigree is unquestioned, but there was some shock that a program with the tradition of Louisiana Tech would hire Pat's son, who just turned 24 in September. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this photo taken on Dec. 11, 2014, Louisiana Tech women's basketball coach Tyler Summitt, right, calls out to his players while associate head coach Mickie DeMoss, left, who spent two decades as an assistant at Tennessee under the his mother Pat Summitt. left, reinforces his call during an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Summitt, the son of Hall of Fame basketball coach Pat Summitt, begain his own head coaching career at 24. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this photo taken, Dec. 3, 2012, Marquette assistant women's basketball coach Tyler Summitt poses for a picture at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee. Summitt has been preparing for this role all of his life. Yes, the lessons he learned watching his mother, Pat, at Tennessee got him ready for his own coaching career. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Former Tennessee women's college basketball coach Pat Summitt appears at a news conference with her son Tyler Summitt, right, Thursday, April 19, 2012, in Knoxville, Tenn. Summitt, who has more wins than any other college basketball coach, announced Wednesday she is stepping down after 38 seasons due to early-onset dementia. Summitt will become head coach emeritus and former assistant Holly Warlick will become head coach. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
In this photo taken on Feb. 24, 2010, Tyler Summitt, left, watches as his mother, Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt walks past, during practice Wednesday, Feb. 24 , 2010 in Knoxville, Tenn. Tyler now works with the Tennessee Lady Vols as a practice player and has ambitions of following his mom into coaching. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
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Summitt's statement, including his admission of the relationship, is cryptic. Plenty of speculation and rumors have swirled across the internet since the news of his resignation broke, but as of Friday nothing had been confirmed or credibly backed up.
"Effective immediately and for personal reasons, Tyler Summitt has stepped down as head coach of Louisiana Tech University's women's basketball program. 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 his two years at the helm of the Louisiana Tech program, he amassed a record of 30-31. He was hired at 23 after spending two years as an assistant coach at Marquette. Before that he was a student assistant for his mother's Tennessee team.