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Pat Summitt is stepping aside as Tennessee's women's basketball coach and taking the title of ''head coach emeritus'' with long-time assistant Holly Warlick being promoted to replace the sport's winningest coach.





Scout.com caught up with Pat Summitt to discuss her decision after 38 years at the helm.


Tennessee released a statement Wednesday announcing the move.


The 59-year-old Summitt will report to the athletic director and help the women's program she guided to eight national titles. She says she supports Warlick, her assistant for 27 years and a three-time All-American playing for Summitt, as her replacement and wants to ensure the stability of the program.


The move comes less than a year after her diagnosis with early onset dementia-Alzheimer's type.


''I've loved being the head coach at Tennessee for 38 years, but I recognize that the time has come to move into the future and to step into a new role,'' said Summitt.


''I want to help ensure the stability of the program going forward. I would like to emphasize that I fully intend to continue working as head coach emeritus, mentoring and teaching life skills to our players, and I will continue my active role as a spokesperson in the fight against Alzheimer's through the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund.


Summitt revealed her diagnosis on Aug. 23 after a few months of trying coming to terms with dementia, which had caused her problems with memory loss both on and off the court during the previous season. Alzheimer's is a brain disease that destroys cognitive abilities over time.

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I'm not a big Womens Basketball fan but I have to say that it's sad to see her retire as she's been a fixture in the sport for so long. It's hard to compare but even if she wouldn't have coached men I think she still would have been successful she is just a great coach period.

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