Pat Summitt, winningest coach in Division I college basketball, dies

The family has also asked for privacy.

Summitt coached her final season in 2011-2012 after she announced that she had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's type dementia.

Others tweeting to #PrayForPat include Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones, Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs, former Tennessee assistant football coach and Duke University head football coach David Cutcliffe and former Lady Vol Meighan Simmons. After she retired, Summitt was given the title head coach emeritus at Tennessee.

"I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend".

"It's time to fight", she said of her disease and her advocacy to find a cure.

"Out of my class, I was the only one that had that decision", Cash said choking up at times.

Pat Summit is now surrounded by her closest friends and family after a line of former players came to say their goodbyes Sunday. She grew up on a dairy farm in Henrietta, Tenn., where she planted tobacco and milked cows. From the time she could walk she had a list of chores before and after school and said that her dad didn't spare the strap on her older brothers and he would let her have it too.

What was refreshingly surprising was local and national media, including ESPN, were aware of the situation Friday evening and waited to report it out of respect for Summitt as players and family members were making their way to Knoxville.

Tears have already been shed across the country, but they should revel knowing she is going to a better place.

As a player, Summitt was an All-America selection at UT-Martin but didn't have a scholarship, which were not yet required by Title IX. In recent days her condition has worsened.

She played in the Olympics while she was the head women's basketball coach at The University of Tennessee. By the time she was senior, Singleton was the only remaining original player on the team.

For 64 years, my mother first built her life upon a strong relationship with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Seven times before, Summitt had led Tennessee to an AIAW or NCAA semifinal without winning the title. "Over the course of a year, from 2010 to 2011, I began to experience a troubling series of lapses". The Lady Vols claimed their second national championship in 1989 with a win over Auburn. Her impact is felt throughout the game still today, and it rubs off on Pearl. Auriemma beat Summitt for national titles again in 2003 and 2004.

Legendary women's basketball coach Pat Summitt has died. With a 75-54 victory against Purdue on March 22, 2005, she earned her 880th victory, moving her past North Carolina's Dean Smith as the all-time winningest coach in NCAA history.

Summitt's interview in 2013 was, in part, to talk about her memoir, Sum It Up. But it was only in 2012 when being honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award that Summitt shared she had six miscarriages before giving birth to her son, Tyler.


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