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cumberlandreds
08-23-2011, 01:44 PM
News is trickling out of Knxville that Pat Summitt has been diagnosed with Dementia. A news conference is scheduled later today. She is only 59. She is arguably one of the best basketball coaches in history. Her time at Tennessee has been phenomenal. The article say she will try to coach one more season.


http://www.cbssports.com/general/story/15473196/vols-summitt-diagnosed-with-dementia-will-try-to-coach (http://www.cbssports.com/general/story/15473196/vols-summitt-diagnosed-with-dementia-will-try-to-coach)

reds1869
08-23-2011, 01:57 PM
That is really sad news. I've seen loved ones suffering from dementia and it is a terrible thing.

Unassisted
08-23-2011, 07:17 PM
I lived in Knoxville ~20 years ago and she was a big deal in that city back then. This must be devastating news for folks there now.

It will likely be a long time before another coach is able to amass as many wins at one school.

RedsBaron
08-23-2011, 09:34 PM
Tragic at any age but only age 59? :eek:

Ghosts of 1990
08-23-2011, 10:01 PM
Very sad. I hope there are developments made in medical science quickly enough to help this woman.

Roy Tucker
08-24-2011, 10:27 AM
Tragic at any age but only age 59? :eek:

That's about when my mom started showing symptoms of Altzheimers/dementia. It's a long, slow decline.

Seeing that I turned 59 a week ago, I worry when I start to forget things.

dabvu2498
08-24-2011, 01:42 PM
From Pat Summitt's wiki:


Just before the 1974–75 season, with women's college basketball still in its infancy and not yet an NCAA-sanctioned sport, 22-year-old Summitt became a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee, and was named head coach of the Lady Vols after the previous coach suddenly quit. Summitt earned $250 monthly and washed the players' uniforms - uniforms purchased the previous year with proceeds from a donut sale. Summitt recalled that era of women's basketball during a February 2009 interview with Time Magazine. "I had to drive the van when I first started coaching," Summitt said. "One time, for a road game, we actually slept in the other team's gym the night before. We had mats, we had our little sleeping bags. When I was a player at the University of Tennessee-Martin, we played at Tennessee Tech for three straight games, and we didn't wash our uniforms. We only had one set. We played because we loved the game. We didn't think anything about it."

During Summitt's first year as head coach, four of her players were only a year younger than she was and all were from Tennessee high schools, which until the early-1970s employed an antiquated six-person game where offensive and defensive players never crossed mid-court.

Something else... while she was coaching at UT in her 2nd year, she was also co-captain of the 1st US Women's National Team as a player.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Summitt

I don't think it's any stretch to say she's one of the greatest coaches, in any sport, ever, and that she may have done more for the rise of women's athletics than anyone in history as well. Quite remarkable.

WVRed
08-24-2011, 07:40 PM
From Pat Summitt's wiki:



Something else... while she was coaching at UT in her 2nd year, she was also co-captain of the 1st US Women's National Team as a player.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Summitt

I don't think it's any stretch to say she's one of the greatest coaches, in any sport, ever, and that she may have done more for the rise of women's athletics than anyone in history as well. Quite remarkable.

Between Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma, I don't think there are two individuals who have done more for womens hoops.

I see Pat Summitt being a Jimmy Valvano type in bringing awareness to a certain illness. In a lot of ways the two are very similar in how Valvano carried himself after being diagnosed with cancer. I see Pat Summitt being the same in that she won't let dementia bring her down.

On the basketball court, I'd say Mickie DeMoss will likely be the head coach in waiting when Summitt does ultimately step down. Hopefully that doesn't happen for awhile though. Thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.

Reds Freak
08-24-2011, 10:46 PM
Between Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma, I don't think there are two individuals who have done more for womens hoops.

I see Pat Summitt being a Jimmy Valvano type in bringing awareness to a certain illness. In a lot of ways the two are very similar in how Valvano carried himself after being diagnosed with cancer. I see Pat Summitt being the same in that she won't let dementia bring her down.

On the basketball court, I'd say Mickie DeMoss will likely be the head coach in waiting when Summitt does ultimately step down. Hopefully that doesn't happen for awhile though. Thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.

Good point. But in Jimmy Valvano's famous speech, he said that his cancer could not touch his mind, his heart or his soul. Unfortunately, Pat Summit's illness will touch her mind and when dementia hits a certain stage the person almost becomes a completely different individual...

cincrazy
08-25-2011, 12:03 AM
This is just awful news. All sports fans should admire this woman for what she's done for her sport, and college athletics in general. It's awful enough that she's suffering from an illness that can't be cured, but for it to be an illness of the mind... that's even more awful. To listen to her sit there and talk about forgetting schemes and such, that was tough to take, and I'm not even particularly a fan of women's basketball. I wish her all the best, but I'm not sure how much longer she can hold on at UT. I hope it's for several more years, but in reality this coming year is probably her last. The stress from the position will only make the disease more aggressive.

dabvu2498
04-18-2012, 01:57 PM
Pat Summitt is retiring.

Is anyone more affiliated with one program than Summitt with UT women's basketball?

That said, hopefully she can get enjoyment from her retirement and whatever endeavors she pursues. That's a classy lady and maybe the best coach I've ever seen.

fearofpopvol1
04-18-2012, 06:17 PM
It's always sad when someone is more or less forced into retirement beyond their control. I feel like she would've wanted to coach for another 5-10 years and amassed even MORE wins. Basketball is her life and I imagine it must be incredibly hard.

Hopefully she does enjoy her time away from the game, but I'm thinking it will be hard for her.

Joseph
04-18-2012, 06:38 PM
Good luck Pat.

Assembly Hall
04-18-2012, 08:29 PM
Just sad. God Bless Pat.

WVRed
04-18-2012, 09:28 PM
Holly Warlick has some pretty big shoes to fill.

A lot of people were kinda suspecting Matthew Mitchell would be a candidate if Tennessee hired outside the staff.

I wouldn't be surprised if Geno Auriemma leaves the womens game soon if the mens job at UConn opens up. I don't follow womens basketball much, but Geno and Pat Summitt are two of the central figures to the game.

Boston Red
06-26-2016, 04:35 PM
Sounds like Pat is going to leave us soon. Sad, but probably a blessing at this point.

Joseph
06-26-2016, 11:01 PM
What a giant in the NCAA game. Godspeed and peace.

Assembly Hall
06-27-2016, 06:57 PM
She is the women's version of John Wooden.

Hang in there Pat.

Boston Red
06-27-2016, 07:05 PM
She is the women's version of John Wooden.

Hang in there Pat.

John Wooden is the men's version of Summitt!

redsfanmia
06-27-2016, 07:45 PM
She is the women's version of John Wooden.

Hang in there Pat.
Did she have a booster bankroll the players in the program too?

Assembly Hall
06-27-2016, 09:12 PM
Did she have a booster bankroll the players in the program too?

Naw, love the post.

Sea Ray
06-27-2016, 09:46 PM
She is the women's version of John Wooden.

Hang in there Pat.

I don't necessarily feel that way. I don't know what her condition is but if she's anything like Ronald Reagan was in his last days then it's best for all concerned that she not hang in there but pass quickly. That's no way to live.

KronoRed
06-28-2016, 06:48 AM
She has passed away.
http://espn.go.com/womens-college-basketball/story/_/id/16577486/legendary-tennessee-lady-vols-coach-pat-summitt-dies-64

Assembly Hall
06-28-2016, 07:12 AM
RIP Coach.

Boston Red
06-28-2016, 09:18 AM
For a little context on how impressive her 1,098 wins are: because of the illness, Summitt had to retire when she was 60 with the 1,098 wins. Geno Auriemma is hot her tail with 955 wins (against only 134 losses for a sizzling .877 winning percentage). He will need at least four and probably part of a fifth additional season to overtake Summitt for the all-time wins lead. Auriemma is already 62.

If Summitt had stayed healthy, even with Auriemma's UConn teams having overtaken her Tennessee dynasty, she would have taken the all-time wins record and put it so far out of reach even Auriemma's win total would have ended up looking puny by comparison.

cumberlandreds
06-28-2016, 09:39 AM
Summit was a great coach. She helped put womens basketball on the sports map. I have no doubt she could have successfully coached mens basketball. Tennessee should have hired her for the mens team. I read in the past she would have taken it at one point in her career. RIP Pat Summitt.

westofyou
06-28-2016, 02:50 PM
Every Pat Summitt-coached player who completed her eligibility at Tennessee graduated.

Every player. In 38 years.

Assembly Hall
06-28-2016, 03:42 PM
Every Pat Summitt-coached player who completed her eligibility at Tennessee graduated.

Every player. In 38 years.

I saw that woy. Amazing stat.

Assembly Hall
06-28-2016, 03:44 PM
I also saw that with all her victories as a HC. 50% of them came against ranked opponents. Don't know how true that is.

Sea Ray
06-28-2016, 03:49 PM
I also saw that with all her victories as a HC. 50% of them came against ranked opponents. Don't know how true that is.

Close. Actually the stat is that over 50% of her opponents were ranked. In other words she didn't schedule patsies. She won over 72% of those games

http://www.theticket.com/2016/06/28/accomplishments-and-history-of-pat-summitt/

Assembly Hall
06-28-2016, 04:45 PM
Close. Actually the stat is that over 50% of her opponents were ranked. In other words she didn't schedule patsies. She won over 72% of those games

http://www.theticket.com/2016/06/28/accomplishments-and-history-of-pat-summitt/

You know I am biased just like you.........but that was one fine read. I got a Tennessee shirt on right now with a tear in my eye. Met Pat years ago down in Knoxville, the woman captivated me. To be honest when I ran into her I had an IU shirt on. She spent about 5 minutes talking to me about the General and IU hoops. The woman has a place in my heart. Hell, she talked to my Mom longer than she did me. Mom got an autograph from her, she cherishes more than she does my Dad!!!!!!!