Pat, We’re Praying for You

Sad news about Pat Summitt:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee’s Pat Summitt plans to coach “as long as the good Lord is willing” despite recently being diagnosed with early onset dementia.

In a statement from Summitt released by the university on Tuesday, the Hall of Fame coach said she visited with doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., after the end of the 2010-11 basketball season ended and was diagnosed with the condition over the summer.

“I plan to continue to be your coach,” Summitt said. “Obviously, I realize I may have some limitations with this condition since there will be some good days and some bad days.”

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  • Dan Nikolich

    Who is the most wining coach in DI basketball? Pat Summit
    Most of us (men) guess a male coach.

  • Kathy C

    Pat, we are praying for you.

  • JoeyS

    That’s too bad. I graduated with a girl who went on to be a Lady Vol. I think very highly of coach Summitt.

  • MatS

    I’m a UConn grad who bleeds Husky blue, but today Pat even we are praying for you!

  • FiveDills

    Summitt is the most winningest coach in NCAA history. She has never had a losing season in her 35+ years of coaching. Here is her announcement to the public about her diagnosis and future with the Lady Vols.

  • Anderson

    God bless Pat Summitt.

    Dementia sucks. There’s no other way to say it. It is one of the most tragic and frustrating human medical conditions, both for the person suffering from dementia and for her loved ones.