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Pat Summitt addressed the media Wednesday after the Lady Vols practice session. Go inside with Inside Tennessee to hear what the head coach had to say.

Pat Summitt, with Associate Head Coach Holly Warlick, fielded questions about Tennessee's upcoming game with Tennessee-Martin to open the NCAA postseason.

The Lady Vols play Saturday at 4:10 p.m. Eastern (ESPN2) at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.

No. 7 seed DePaul (22-10) and No. 10 seed BYU (26-6) play in the second game, which will tip off 30 minutes after the completion of game one (approximately 6:30 p.m. Eastern).

A writer with the New York Times was in town to write about Summitt and the Lady Vols and the question about her coaching future was raised.

"Oh, I haven't made any decision about that," Summitt said.

From a broader point of view, Summitt said, "I love the game. And whether I'm here at UT, I may or may not coach. It is what it is. I'm just trying to get another championship for this group."

That has been Summitt's focus this season – this team, and, in particular, this senior class, which is seeking its first Final Four.

Warlick noted that, to some extent, she and Summitt have shifted duties.

"I think Pat and my roles almost have reversed," Warlick said. "I usually am doing a little bit more one-on-one with kids and Pat a little bit more coaching.

"If there's a positive with this situation, it's that Pat has had more time to spend one on one with our kids. It has been very powerful, and they have responded well.

"She is really focusing in on these kids. If her situation could turn into a positive, I see it turning into a positive for these kids and her."

The issue of Summitt's status is one that is likely to be addressed after the season with input from various people, including Summitt's medical team and the university's administration.

In the meantime, Warlick and Summitt noted Tennessee-Martin likes to shoot the three ball, and the Lady Vols had better be ready to defend it.

The team will practice again Thursday afternoon and then depart for Chicago after the session. The team will meet Friday with the media in Chicago, as will the other three teams in the sub-regional.

Spring break starts next week so the timing works out well for Tennessee, because the players finish midterm exams this week.


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