The face of Tennessee basketball is changing.

While the men’s program had a revolving door with recent coaches until Bruce Pearl arrived, Pat Summitt is not only the coach of the Lady Vols, she’s the face of women’s basketball.

Pearl’s firing in March after six seasons with the school led to Cuonzo Martin’s arrival in Knoxville.

As tough as Pearl’s exit was for many fans, it’s no comparison to Summitt’s announcement that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia.

“Nothing is different,” Summitt said. “We just need to cut down nets. We have a team that is working every day and are very focused.”

This season Summitt will relegate more duties to her assistant coaches: associate head coach Holly Warlick and assistants Mickie DeMoss and Dean Lockwood.

“It is great to have that support, and they’re there every day,” Summitt said. “I am still the head coach, and I can still dictate who does what. We’re like a family. Every day I can’t wait to get on the court. I’m not ready to retire. I have a great staff.”

While the changes for the women’s team are mostly for the staff, both the new men’s coaching staff and returning men’s players had to adjust to each other, a transition Martin believes went well.

“One thing as a coach is that I don’t take a lot of things for granted,” Martin said. “I appreciate the fact that they do listen because they don’t have to. Once again, we have to make adjustments when they don’t, but I appreciate the fact that they listen. I said to those guys when I took over the program that you’re more than welcome to do what you need to do if you’re not happy with what you’re trying to do.”

The expectations of what each program is trying to do are different.

With the Lady Vols, it’s Final Four or bust, maybe even national championship or bust.

“I don’t think we really feel pressure,” senior Vicki Baugh said. “Everyone is excited, motivated and ready to come together on the floor and prove that this team has what it takes. (Summitt) is still our coach, still very involved and interacting in practice. We are a family at Tennessee. Whatever comes our way we are willing to handle it as a family. Her health is not a distraction. She is still very focused. She teaches us to be the best we can be. There’s no selfish aspect of coach Summitt at all.”

Despite playing in an unprecedented six consecutive NCAA Tournaments, Martin’s first squad is expected to finish near the bottom of the SEC.

“I see where we can go, but I’m not going to say it until we get there,” junior Kenny Hall said. “I see us shocking a lot of people and proving a lot of people wrong. We’re going in there humble, but hungry. We’ve got a chip on our shoulder.”

Two basketball programs in two entirely different situations. Both playing with added motivation.

It’s the new face of Tennessee basketball.