Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 at 4:20 pm  |  15 responses

Pat Summitt Diagnosed with Early Onset Dementia

Really sad news for Tennessee Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt. Early onset dementia could put an early stop to her record-setting coaching career. From the Knoxville News-Sentinel: “Summitt went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in May. She underwent a series of tests and received a stunning answer. The diagnosis was early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. Her initial reaction to learning she had a progressive condition that could impair her mental acuity was one of anger and denial. Since then, she’s moved forward in more Summitt-like fashion, formulating a plan involving medication and mental activities, such as reading and doing puzzles at night before going to sleep. She’s also taken a hopeful stance about her future. The 59-year-old Summitt, who has 1,071 career victories and has led UT to eight national championships, is determined to continue coaching and is planning for her 38th season at UT. She has the support of the University administration.”

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  • bike

    At 59????? WTF?

  • Kyle

    I hope SLAM puts coach on the cover. I know that’s not the mag’s standard subject, but she’s earned big props. Go get it coach.

  • http://www.chicagoskyblog.wordpress.com audsquad

    So sad. I wish her the best of luck. If there’s one thing we all know about Coach Summitt, its that she’s a fighter..

  • http://SLAMonline.com GotHandles?

    thats real tough. get through it, pat summitt!


    Man! This is really sad. I would hate 2 c her career cut short due 2 this. But Pat is tough, and she wont go down w/out putting up a fight. We’ll b pulling 4 ya Pat.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Great coach, winner and I pray she puts her trust in the Lord fighting this battle with Dementia.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Damn, man. This sucks. Dementia and Alzheimer’s are no joke.
    Pat Summitt is one of my favorite basketball coaches ever, male or female.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Sad. Only 59. I wish her the best of luck.

  • Veezie

    RESPECT DUE to Pat Summitt. A true iconic legendary coach. I hope she overcomes this battle. We will be pulling for you

  • arthur

    Very sad news.

  • Kid Dynamite

    Damn, get through it Coach!!!!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    A true coaching legend…I hope she finds some way to fight through this.

  • hillbilly

    Couldn’t believe this when I read it, yesterday. As a lifelong UK fan, I still have the utmost respect for Coach Summitt & her monumental achievements at UT. Best wishes to her and her family.

  • http://slamonline.com the nerve

    thats phucked up

  • Dee

    Pat U R my inspiration and I want to thank U 4 continuing to push thru this!!! Many people would have quit but now U! U aint gonna let anything stop U 4 helping UR girls nor UR duties as a mother. So thanks! Thanks 4 not giving up and letting this news break UR spirit! Every once and a while we need someone with so much strength to show us everything is going to be okay and to keep pushing on! Thank U once again! And we love U with all of our hearts…. Well I surely love U with all mine!!!!!! :)