What they're saying about Pat Summitt

Former players and colleagues react to Coach Summitt

Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt calls a play during the first half of an NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional semifinal against Ohio State, Saturday, March 26, 2011 in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

Whay they're saying about Pat:

Peyton Manning( Former Vol, Colts All Pro QB)
“I want to extend my deepest sympathies and prayers to Pat during this difficult personal time. Pat is a great friend, and I am pleased she will continue to lead her program. For many years, Pat has shaped countless lives through her sacrifice and dedication to Tennessee athletics. I ask others who admire her and who have been impacted by her work to join me in wishing Pat and her family every comfort as we respect their wishes for privacy."

John Calipari ( Kentucky Head Basketball Coach)
“Pat Summitt transcends her sport,” Calipari said. “She is more than just a coach; she is a leader in her field. Pat Summitt was one of the original promoters of women’s sports and no one has done more for her sport or for women in general than she has. She will be in my daily prayers and I urge all of the Big Blue Nation to keep her in their thoughts and prayers.”

Matthew Mitchell ( UK Women's Coach)
“My thoughts and prayers are with Coach Summitt and her family,” Mitchell said. “She’s done so much for me personally and I wouldn’t be where I am professionally without the contributions she has made in my life. She has been such an incredible example to me and she is someone I care for tremendously. It took a great amount of courage to address this issue but it doesn’t surprise me. She’s always been a very courageous woman. My family is praying for Coach Summitt and Tyler. I also know Mickie (DeMoss) and Holly (Warlick) along with the entire Tennessee will be there for Coach Summitt during this difficult time.”

Candace Parker ( Fromer lady Vol All American )
"Coach Summitt you never cease to amaze me with your strength and courage. Whenever you face adversity you tackle it head on! True inspiration for me and one of the strongest women I know. I love you and we will handle this together as the Lady Vols always have, like FAMILY."

Kelly Jolly Harper ( Former Lady Vol National Champion)
"Pat is a strong woman! There is no doubt that she will continue to inspire. My heart
and prayers are with Pat, Tyler, and the entire Lady Vol family."

Nikki Caldwell ( Fromer UT Player, Asst.Coach and LSU Head Coach)
"I've known Coach Summitt for 23 years and there has never been a fight that she's backed down from. our thoughts and prayers go out to her, her son Tyler and her entire family."

Geno Auriemma ( UCONN Head Coach)
"I was shocked and saddened to hear about the news regarding Pat Summitt's diagnosis. You don't necessarily associate dementia with people our age so this announcement really put things in perspective. Pat has great support from her family, friends and staff and I know they will help her immensely."

Al Wilson (Vol Football Legend)
"Pat is one of those people that don't need much motivation. I think the one thing she will always do is push forward for her girls. What I love about Pat Summitt, is no matter what the situation is, no matter what the circumstances are, she's always represented Tennessee in a positive way."

Phillip Fulmer ( Former UT head Coach)
She'll be dedicated to finding the best help. She'll put everybody else first. That's just her."


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