WBB: Pat Summitt diagnosed with dementia

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  1. mred

    mred Well-Known Member

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  2. VTXCyRyD

    VTXCyRyD Well-Known Member

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    Something like that is scarier to me than a heart attack or cancer:sad:
     
  3. gocubs2118

    gocubs2118 Well-Known Member

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    So sad, I always had a feeling the only thing holding her back from being the Joe Paterno of Womens College Basketball is sickness or death. I think she could have coached forever.
     
  4. Ms3r4ISU

    Ms3r4ISU Well-Known Member

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    Though I'd never wish this on another, perhaps it will help bring attention to the possibility that illnesses and other health conditions can -- and do -- happen to anyone. It becomes so personal when it happens to someone we know.
     
  5. mred

    mred Well-Known Member

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    Agreed. She's only 59. Barring something like this, I would have expected her to go at least 15 more years.
     
  6. simville02

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    Terrible news.
     
  7. djcubby

    djcubby Well-Known Member

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    Wow, that is not good news. Dementia can take over so quickly.
     
  8. CycloneErik

    CycloneErik Well-Known Member

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    Ouch. Praying for her and her family. That's rough.
     
  9. gizzsdad

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    So disappointing. In reading the article - I had two thoughts: 1) I was struck by the maturity and thoughtfulness of her son's responses, and 2) My general impression is that earlier onsets of this disease are generally accompanied by faster progression.

    Hopefully - medical advances will keep her coaching for awhile.
     
  10. ISUChippewa

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    This is sad news. My grandfather developed dementia in his later years, and although the last time I saw him in person was in 2003 (he died in '08) I could tell he definitely wasn't the same, and it was hard to see a once strong man who did very well for himself while healthy slowly disintegrate.

    Best wishes to Coach Summit, her family, and the whole Volunteer family.
     
  11. ISUAgronomist

    ISUAgronomist Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately, this is very true.
     
  12. CyPride

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    terrible news for her and her family.



    that being said - can't imagine the negative recruiting she and her program will face.
     
  13. acoustimac

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    Horrible news. Just goes to show that no one is protected from the frailty of the human body.
     
  14. brett108

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    While I am sure recruits will take into account the fact that she may not be there, I believe the coaching community in women's basketball will not stoop so low as to actually use this as a pitch to prospective talent. Scott Drew does not coach women's basketball.
     
  15. CyPride

    CyPride Well-Known Member

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    you wait. it will be on the back of recruits minds and other coaches will prey on that.
     
  16. IcSyU

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    Coach Fennelly disagrees with you and mentioned as much in an interview today. Unfortunately, coaches will still use it.
     
  17. brett108

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    I kind of hoped the recruiting in women's basketball was not as cutthroat, but that would be disappointing. The recruits know the deal, they don't need self-serving coaches preying on it.
     
  18. MNCyGuy

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    But they're not above playing into homophobia and the like? Women's recruiting may be dirty in a different way, but it can still be dirty. I'm not saying everyone will sink to using this for negative recruiting, but you can bet some will.
     
  19. NYCy

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    I don't care about recruiting. I'm just so sad for Pat and her legions of fans, players, former players -- the entire Vol Family. Everyone who cares about her. Pat is beyond the game, an icon, a true hero of sport. She will continue coaching and I'm sure she will find a way to surprise us all with her excellence both on and off the court. Thank you Pat.

    Life is long, but life is short.
     

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