By Beth Rucker/The Associated Press
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — 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 says she plans to coach the Lady Vols during the 2011-12 season, but may have 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.