Stanford Coach Reacts to Pat Summitt Diagnosis

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(Editor's Note: The news of Pat Summit's diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s was a shock to just about everyone who follows women's basketball. The 59-year old coach, who holds the record for most collegiate victories in any sport (men's or women's), will continue to serve as women’s basketball coach during the upcoming season at the University of Tennessee. As reactions pour in, veteran sports journalist Michelle Smith takes a look at how fellow coach Tara VanDerveer heard the news: ~js)

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Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said she found out about Pat Summitt’s diagnosis of early onset dementia before the story was released to the press, getting a call at her Minnesota vacation home from Tennessee Director of Operations Kathy Hairston.

“Pat didn’t want people to find out on the news,” VanDerveer said Tuesday afternoon.

VanDerveer said the news was “shocking” and “numbing.”

And the Cardinal coach then did what she always does – her research.

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