I want to talk to them and let them know I’m still going to be there. The thing is: I have to keep living and doing what I want to do, and those players mean the world to me. With us having five seniors leaving, I feel obligated in a positive way to be there for the team.
— Tennessee women’s basketball’s coach Pat Summitt • Discussing her decision to retire as the team’s head basketball coach, eight months after publicly announcing she had early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The team will make an official announcement once she meets with members of the team later Wednesday. Summitt, who won an NCAA record (for either gender) 1,098 games during her head coaching career, will remain on the team’s coaching staff as “head coach emeritus” (allowing her to work as she can, given her condition), but will hand the reins over to assistant Holly Warlick.