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Lady Vol’s Coach Summitt Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s; Friend Says “She’s Pat, She’s Never Been More Herself”

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Head Coach Pat Summitt of the University of Tennessee Volunteers

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Tennessee Lady Vol’s Basketball coach Pat Summitt was recently diagnosed with early onset dementia and Alzheimer’s. Summitt has been coaching the Lady Vol’s since 1974 during which she won 8 National Championships, which is the most for a women’s coach and second only to UCLA’s John Wooden with 10.

Washington Post writer Sally Jenkins is close friends with Pat Summitt. Her recent piece for the Post gives a window into the life of Summitt and an idea of the decisions she is making.

Sally joined Mike Wise and Holden Kushner on 106.7 The Fan to discuss her conversation with Summitt.

When asked if Summitt has thought about what she’s in for with the disease, Jenkins says she has a sense for what may lie ahead; “she’s a smart woman who’s done all the reading what the potential here is”.

Jenkins went on to say that  “she knows there’s absolutely no reason that she can’t hold this thing at bay if she does all the right things and gets all the right care”.

She also made it very clear that it’s very early and her symptoms are extremely minor right now. “She’s Pat and she’s never been more herself.”

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