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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Summitt calls career 'a great ride'

AP

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSE — Pat Summitt was relaxed, smiling and even cracking jokes — looking and sounding totally at peace knowing she will never coach her beloved Tennessee Lady Vols again.

The Hall of Fame coach who just eight months ago revealed she had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type, has turned the program over to longtime assistant Holly Warlick.

"It was really a great ride for me," Summitt said Thursday, speaking on the Tennessee basketball court named after her before a crowd of about 200 fans, faculty and friends.

"I just felt like it was time for me to step down knowing that Holly was going to be in great hands," Summitt said.

She will become Tennessee's new "head coach emeritus" with the school paying her the $1 million bonus she had been due once she coached her 40th season.



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