Tennessee Lady Vols head coach Pat Summitt arrived in Des Moines Thursday for the Women’s NCAA Tournament.
Summitt is the winningest coach in NCAA history for either men’s or women’s basketball and has won eight NCAA national championships, second only to 10 by UCLA men’s coach John Wooden.
Summitt was diagnosed with early onset dementia in early 2011.
The Des Moines Register interviewed Summitt's son, Tyler, who spoke candidly about his mom's dementia.
Tyler told the Register that they're not sure when his mother will coach her last game, saying, “Her and I will sit down with her trusted friends and family, the UT family and make a decision. But right now, if you try to make her focus on anything else except for getting to the Final Four, she’s not hearing it. She’s always been a very focused person.”
Look for the full article in Saturday's paper.
Summitt was named the Naismith Basketball Coach of the Century in 2000 and in 2009 she was placed on Sporting News’ list of the 50 Greatest Coaches of All Time as number 11.
No. 2 Tennessee meets no. 11 Kansas on Sunday at Wells Fargo Arena in the sweet sixteen