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The Sports Kings: Pat Summitt Says Goodbye…

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The Tennessee women’s basketball team has a new head coach after 38 years. It’s both a dreaded and expected end to Patt Summitt’s illustrious career that included eight national titles. She coached more victories than any college basketball coach, male or female.

The 59-year-old is stepping down to accept the position as “head coach emeritus.” Longtime assistant Holly Warlick is being promoted to replace the sport’s winningest coach.

The end of the Summitt era comes less than a year after she was diagnosed with early onset dementia-Alzheimer’s type. She continued to roam the sidelines this season, but Warlick took over most of the head coaching chores, including during games.

Summitt’s career ends with a 1,098-208 record, 16 regular-season Southeastern Conference championships and 16 SEC tournament titles.

She also led the 1984 Olympic team to a gold medal.

During her time on the Tennessee bench, the Lady Vols never failed to reach the NCAA tournament, never received a seed lower than No. 5 and reached 18 Final Fours.

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