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Tyler Summitt battling alongside his legendary mom

The hard part was knowing that Pat Summitt’s every move from that announcement on would be viewed through the prism of Alzheimer’s. And snap judgments would be made based on scant information.

If fans saw assistant coach Mickie DeMoss doing most of the talking during a timeout, it must mean that Pat was feeling badly. If the team had a bad game, it must mean that Pat isn’t in charge anymore. And everyone wants to know how long she can and will coach.

“It was obviously the right move, going public,” Tyler said. “Her program’s always been an open book. But it has put a bigger spotlight on this.

“She is still the boss – of the house and of this office. Whatever is going to happen after this season, it’s up to the boss.”

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Holdsclaw surprises Summitt with gift – Delivers letters of 60-plus former players

Holdsclaw, a four-time Lady Vols All-American from 1995-99, presented Summitt with a collection of letters written by former players and managers detailing their relationship with Summitt and her influence on their lives.

“I know my relationship with Coach Summitt through the death of my grandmother and me going through my ups and downs,” said Holdsclaw, who has dealt with depression. “What I realized from these letters is coach has helped these players through some of the most difficult times of their lives. When I’m reading them, I’m thinking, ‘Wow she’s had an impact on their lives.'”

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It’s time to give back to one of the greatest coaches in the NCAA and back Pat by wearing this tee! Not only will you show your support for Pat Summitt, but a portion of proceeds from this sale of this officially licensed shirt funds Alzheimer’s research as determined by Pat Summitt and the UT Lady Vols.

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some follow-up from the New York Times’ Lynn Zinser: Unfamiliar Path Unfolds at Tennessee

“My first thought was, Pat Summitt is our coach and always will be,” said Tennessee’s athletic director, Joan Cronan, who has worked with Summitt for 28 years. “But I had three things to do. I had to protect Pat, who is the most loved person at the University of Tennessee. I had to protect her legacy. And I had to protect the program she built.”

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From Sally Jenkins: Pat Summitt, Tennessee women’s basketball coach, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease

Full disclosure: It is the measure of Summitt’s large-heartedness that she could call any of a half-dozen people her closest friend. This writer has only one: her. “I would rather drive stakes through my own hands than write this story,” I said.

Sally also did a Q&A with Tennessee women’s basketball assistants Mickie DeMoss, Holly Warlick and Dean Lockwood

At Sports Illustrated: Ex-Lady Vol Marciniak on Summitt’s diagnosis, her future and more

Fortune Magazine’s Patricia Sellers: Tough love: Behind Pat Summitt’s leadership coaching success

ESPN Blog: Tyler Summitt stands tall for his mother

Washington Post’s Jenna McGregor: Pats Summitt’s Back-up Team

Dan Fleser: Tabor Spani: Pat Summitt, Lady Vols still thinking national title
…and Pat Summitt: UT assistants ‘have my back’ Summitt hints action plan discussed
…and Mayo Clinic tests troubled Summitt
…and Pat Summitt diagnosed with early onset dementia – Lady Vols basketball coach has no plans to step down

From VolunteerTV.com: Vol fans stand in support of Pat Summitt and Join ‘We’ve got your back Pat’ by clicking here.

John Adams from GoVolsxtra.com writes: When it’s time, Lady Vols will be left Summitt strong

From the Tennessean’s David Climer: Pat Summitt won’t take diagnosis lying down

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