Vols’ Summitt has dementia

Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt, 59, confirmed on the record to Dan Fleser of the Knoxville New Sentinel that she has early stages of dementia and that she will try to continue coaching this season. Here is a link to his well-reported story:

http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2011/aug/23/pat-summitt-diagnosed-early-onset-dementia

Summitt has 1,071 career victories and eight national titles.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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