However, as the Huskies were going undefeated with Moore, Summitt’s team lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament that year. Tennessee appeared to return to form in 2009-2010, going 30-2 in the regular season, but they lost in the Sweet Sixteen to the Baylor Bears.
Still, with a Top 5 class in 2010, the 2010-2011 team was loaded with experience and talent.
A woman who was always highly organized had to ask repeatedly what time a team meeting was scheduled for. Instead, when Summitt received her test results from the Mayo Clinic at the end of May, they confirmed a shocking worst-case scenario: She showed “mild” but distinct signs of “early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type,” the irreversible brain disease that destroys recall and cognitive abilities over time, and that afflicts an estimated 5 million Americans. For the first few weeks, Summitt would barely even discuss the subject. You don’t know what I’m capable of.” Finally, Summitt realized she would have to accept the diagnosis. After a pause, she adds, “But I can try to do something about it.” Last week Washington D. But Summitt told Barnett that she did not believe her symptoms were severe enough yet to warrant retirement, and that she would like to coach at least three more years, if possible. Instead, she sat down for an interview with this writer, who co-authored her 1999 autobiography, and the Knoxville News-Sentinel to discuss her illness publicly for the first time.
Pat Summitt’s doctors are lucky they are still standing.
When the first neurologist told her she had symptoms of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, she almost dropped him with one punch.
Virginia had beaten her Lady Vols a few months earlier, preventing them from playing for a national title on their home floor.
Additionally, she worked with Sally Jenkins on 'Raise the Roof,' a book about the 1997-98 championship season, and also detailed her battle with dementia in a memoir, 'Sum It Up,' released in March 2013 and also co-written with Jenkins.'Over the course of a year, from 2010 to 2011, I began to experience a troubling series of lapses.