Legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2011. Despite the diagnosis, Summitt coached the 2011-12 season before stepping down. She concluded her storied 38-year career with 1,098 victories and eight national championships. Summitt has als had 42 players make it to the WNBA during her tenure.
However, a source involved with her ongoing situation reveals that people close to Summitt and the family are saying that she is “struggling” and that they are “preparing for the worst” to come. The 64-year old Summitt had not been moved from her retirement center as of late Saturday where she’s been living since January.
The court at Thompson Boling Arena has been named after as “The Summitt” and she had a statue dedicated to her built on campus in 2013. President Barack Obama announced she was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in April 2012. The “We Back Pat” campaign also began almost immediately after Summitt’s medical announcement and fighting the disease became her cause.
She coached a staggering 47 percent of her games against ranked opponents and had 504 wins at home against only 48 losses over almost four decades of coaching.
[h/t Knoxville News]