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  • Pat Summit Dies at 64 from Alzheimer's

    RIP Pat, you were the best. Condolences to your family. You will be missed for sure. I started watching women's basketball because of you. I'm sure she is now up there yelling at and coaching up the angels.

    PS - This makes me concerned for our Pat.

    Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt, a pioneer of women's college basketball who guided the Tennessee Volunteers to eight national titles in her 38 seasons at the university, died Tuesday morning. She was 64.

    Summitt led the Lady Vols to 1,098 victories -- the most in Division I college basketball history (men or women) **-- before stepping down in 2012, one year after announcing she had early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.

    Legendary Summitt truly one of a kind. She was one of sports' most accomplished figures but also universally beloved and humbly warm. To say there will never be anyone like Pat Summitt is not hyperbole. In fact, it seems inadequate.

    Summitt inspired a generation. Pat Summitt brought respect to women's college basketball and made young players -- even those who weren't good enough to suit up for the Lady Vols -- want to be the best.

    Summitt's influence was wide, far reaching, Whether in handwritten letters, conversations on the recruiting trail or the occasional postgame handshake -- yes, even after a 65-point loss -- every interaction with Pat Summitt was memorable.

    Her son, Tyler Summitt, issued a statement Tuesday morning saying his mother died peacefully at the Sherrill Hills retirement facility in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most.

    "Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, 'Alzheimer's Type,' and she did so with bravely fierce determination just as she did with every opponent she ever faced," Tyler Summitt said. "Even though it's incredibly difficult to come to terms that she is no longer with us, we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease."

    Tyler Summitt said a private funeral and burial will be held in Middle Tennessee and asked that the family's privacy be respected. A public memorial service is being planned for Thompson-Boling Arena.

    Named the NCAA coach of the year seven times, Summitt led the Lady Vols to 22 Final Fours (18 NCAA, four AIAW) in her nearly four decades as coach.

    "Pat Summitt is synonymous with Tennessee, but she truly is a global icon who transcended sports and spent her entire life making a difference in other peoples' lives," said Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart in a statement. "She was a genuine, humble leader who focused on helping people achieve more than they thought they were capable of accomplishing. Pat was so much more than a Hall of Fame coach; she was a mother, mentor, leader, friend, humanitarian and inspiration to so many. Her legacy will live on through the countless people she touched throughout her career."

    Of her eight national championships, she won three straight from 1996 to '98. Her teams won 16 Southeastern Conference tournament titles and made an unprecedented 31 consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament.

    "I miss her, and it's a very sad day," said former Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning, who played at the school from 1994 to 1997. "When you hear her former players talk about her and the impact she had on them as players and people it speaks volumes.

    "She loved everything about Tennessee. Everyone in the state was proud to have her as an ambassador. She had a huge impact on everyone she met. I always felt better every time I was around her."
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  • #2
    Originally posted by broncoslover115 View Post
    RIP Pat, you were the best. Condolences to your family. You will be missed for sure. I started watching women's basketball because of you.
    Greatest women's coach of all time. RIP Pat.


    • #3
      I remember when they made the announcement about her health. Her attitude. Her bravery.

      RIP Pat.

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      • #4
        RIP to a tremendous leader and person. Prayers for her family and friends.
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