KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat
Summitt has been diagnosed with early onset dementia.
In a statement from Summitt released by the university on
Tuesday the Hall of Fame coach said plans coach the Lady Vols
during the 2011-12 season, but may some "limitations." She said
that she went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in May.
The Knoxville News Sentinel first reported Summitt's condition.
The 59-year-old Summitt told the newspaper she plans to rely on
medication and mental exercises to manage the progressive condition
that could lead to Alzheimer's. She planned to meet with the Lady
Volunteers on Tuesday afternoon to inform them of the diagnosis.
Summitt has coached 37 seasons at Tennessee and has 1,071 career
victories and eight national championships.