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Tennessee Women’s Basketball Coach Summitt Has Early Dementia

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Aug. 23 (Bloomberg) -- University of Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in college basketball history, said today she is suffering from early onset dementia.

Summitt will continue to coach the Lady Vols, who she has led to eight National Collegiate Athletic Association titles in 36 years at Tennessee. She has been chosen NCAA coach of the year seven times.

“Earlier this year, the doctors at the Mayo Clinic diagnosed me with an early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type, at the age of 59,” Summitt said in a YouTube video on the university’s website. “I love being your coach and the privilege of being able to go to work every day with our outstanding Lady Vol student athletes.”

Summitt has a 1,071-199 record at Tennessee, more victories in men’s or women’s college basketball than any other coach.

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