Wednesday, August 24 2011 12:20 AM EDT2011-08-24 04:20:44 GMT
In the wake of her announcement Tuesday, support poured in from current and former players, fellow coaches, friends and UT alumni, as well as various individuals from every corner of the sports landscape.More >>
Wednesday, August 24 2011 12:00 AM EDT2011-08-24 04:00:34 GMT
The 59-year-old Hall of Fame coach surprised the sports world Tuesday by saying she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia—the Alzheimer's type.More >>
KNOXVILLE (WRCB) – Pat Summitt announced Tuesday afternon that she has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia.
In a video released on YouTube Tuesday, the 59-year-old Summitt announced she has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type, following a series of test conducted at the Mayo Clinic in May.
In the statement, Coach Summitt says, "Throughout my career, I have always made it a point that my life and my basketball program were an open book.
With that in mind, I have something I'd like to share with my Tennessee families -- the university, boosters and fans of Lady Vol basketball.
Once last season concluded, I addressed some ongoing concerns regarding my health. After consulting with my local physicians, I decided to visit the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Earlier this summer, the doctors at the Mayo Clinic diagnosed me with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's Type, at the age of 59.
I plan to continue to be your coach. Obviously, I realize I may have some limitations with this condition since there will be some good days and some bad days.
For that reason, I will be relying on my outstanding coaching staff like never before. We have always collaborated on every facet of Lady Vol basketball; and now you will see Holly Warlick, Dean Lockwood and Mickie DeMoss taking on more responsibility as their duties will change significantly.
I love being your coach and the privilege to go to work every day with our outstanding Lady Vol basketball student-athletes. I appreciate the complete support of UT Chancellor Dr. Jimmy Cheek and UT Athletics Director Joan Cronan to continue coaching at the University of Tennessee as long as the good Lord is willing.
I've been honest and shared my health concerns with you, and now we'll move forward to the business at hand... coaching a great group of Lady Vols. For the time being, I hope you will respect my privacy regarding this matter.
With 1,071 career victories, Summitt is one of the most successful coaches in college basketball history.
Details as they develop on WRCBtv.com and on Channel 3 Eyewitness News tonight.
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:29 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:29:53 GMT
Legendary high school basketball coach Robert High has been told he will not be Brainerd boys' coach next season.More >>
One of the most accomplished coaching careers in Chattanooga sports history came to a sudden end Friday morning when Robert High was told he no longer would be in charge of boys' basketball at Brainerd High School.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:39 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:39:12 GMT
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WRCB) -- For the first time in five years, Girls Preparatory School was not in the dugout opposite Baylor in the Division II-AA state softball final. In hindsight, Pope John PaulMore >>
Baylor pounded out 23 hits and 27 runs to sweep two games from Pope John Paul II to clinch its third straight state championship Friday night at Spring Fling.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:12 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:12:14 GMT
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Silverdale Academy's wild ride into history came to a quiet end Friday afternoon at Middle Tennessee State University. Brennan Swindoll handcuffed the Seahawks across a seven-hitMore >>
Brennan Swindoll handcuffed the Seahawks across a seven-hit shutout and Friendship Christian made the most of its few opportunities to claim the Class A state baseball championship with a 4-0 win at Spring Fling.More >>