Summitt still contributes to Lady Vols in new role

STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer Published:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt continues to be very involved with Lady Vols basketball.

The 60-year-old Summitt watches each Tennessee home game from the stands and attends most practices. She also serves as a frequent sounding board for coach Holly Warlick and the players.

As Warlick talked with reporters before Saturday's practice, Summitt walked by. Warlick said, "Hey, coach Summitt, we're just talking about you."

Summitt quipped, "We're listening."

She has early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type, and turned the program over to Warlick in April 2012 and was named head coach emeritus.

She will be presented donations to her foundation during Sunday's game against Alabama. The contest closes out the Southeastern Conference's "We Back Pat" week, which supports the Pat Summitt Foundation's fight against Alzheimer's.