Auriemma Praises Pat Summitt

Legendary coach Pat Summitt announced Wednesday she is stepping aside as Tennessee's women's basketball coach. Longtime assistant Holly Warlick will replace the sport's winningest coach.

Summitt, 59, won eight national titles and now will report to the athletic director and assist the program. The change comes less than a year after Summitt was diagnosed with early onset dementia-Alzheimer's type.

Tennessee and Connecticut developed one of the great rivalries in women's athletics. Summitt and UConn coach Geno Auriemma weren't always the best of friends, but could be attributed to the competitive nature of both Hall of Fame coaches. They battled for victories and recruits and didn't always see eye-to-eye.

But there was no time for any of that on Wednesday.

Auriemma issued this statement in praise of Summitt:

"Pat's vision for the game of women's basketball and her relentless drive pushed the game to a new level and made it possible for the rest of us to accomplish what we did. In her new role, I'm sure she will continue to make significant impacts on the University of Tennessee and to the game of women's basketball as a whole.

"I am thrilled for Holly as this opportunity is well deserved and Pat will be a huge asset to her moving forward."

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