April 18, 2012

Pat Summit steps down as head coach at Tennesse: she will take on the position of Head Coach Emeritus while dealing with early onset dementia.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 01:57 PM - 11 comments

An amazing career cut short by a horrible disease. I wish her and her family well.

posted by scully at 03:26 PM on April 18, 2012

I live in the Knoxville area and have met Pat several times. She even occasionally attended the church I went to as a teenager. There is no one with more class than she has and she will be sorely missed as the head coach for the Lady Vols BB. However, there is no one with as close to the knowledge of Pat to take over as Holly Warlick. Good luck Pat and you are still in our prayers.

posted by preacher81 at 03:28 PM on April 18, 2012

A coaching legend. Terrible it had to end like this.

posted by dyams at 04:09 PM on April 18, 2012


posted by Tinman at 04:45 PM on April 18, 2012

I'm happy that she stepped down of her own accord instead of battling on until it was clear that she was doing more harm than good. Aside from that, I echo everyone else.

posted by TheQatarian at 04:54 PM on April 18, 2012

Women's basketball is losing a monument.

posted by Howard_T at 05:57 PM on April 18, 2012

Pat Summit has always been the coach that every other Women's basketball coach aspired to be. Here's hoping that she can stay active and battle this disease successfully for as long as possible.

posted by Joey Michaels at 10:23 PM on April 18, 2012

Women's basketball won't be the same without her on the frontlines. Wishing her and her family the best.

posted by NerfballPro at 06:22 AM on April 19, 2012

A class move by a class act.

posted by roberts at 06:58 AM on April 19, 2012

I was really hoping this wouldn't happen so soon. Damn, damn, damn.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 09:31 AM on April 19, 2012

I agree with lil_brown_bat, she is far too young to go through this. As a Michigan/Big Ten fan & SEC hater I tip my hat to the Best Ever.

posted by bo_fan at 12:38 PM on April 19, 2012

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