Summitt's information will be protected in suit against UT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A judge has denied one of Tennessee's motions for protective order and granted another in ex-Lady Vols media director Debby Jennings' lawsuit against the university and athletic director Dave Hart.U.S.

Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton denied a motion that would have forbidden discovery of information related to former Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt's early-onset Alzheimer's disease and the circumstances surrounding her departure in April 2012.

Summitt stepped down after a 38-year tenure at Tennessee that included eight national championships.

Jennings is suing Tennessee, alleging age and sex discrimination led to her forced retirement after 35 years at the school.

The judge also granted a motion prohibiting "extrajudicial use or disclosure of documents and information, including transcripts of deposition testimony" produced during discovery, meaning that while the plaintiffs would have access to the information for purposes of their case, any information about Summitt's departure could not be released to the public or media.

The trial is scheduled for April 27.


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