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People don orange to show support for Pat Summitt

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Meg Smath is a Vanderbilt fan who works for the University of Kentucky. She's still wearing some orange to show she's rooting for Tennessee coach Pat Summitt.

Thanks to an informal campaign publicized on Facebook and Twitter, people across the nation were wearing orange on Friday to show support for Summitt, who announced on Tuesday that she's been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.

Smath says she hates when the Commodores lose to Summitt, but respects the Hall of Fame coach for what she's done for women's basketball.

Summitt's 20-year-old son, Tyler, says he wondered if there was a football game Friday when he saw all the orange on Tennessee's campus. He says his mom is overwhelmed with joy at the way people received her news.

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