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Tennessee's Pat Summitt Diagnosed with Early Onset of Dementia

Kelly Kline/WireImage(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA history, has been diagnosed with an early onset of dementia, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

The Tennessee Vols coach, who's one of the most celebrated figures in women's basketball, received the news in May after undergoing a series of tests in an effort to explain what she described as months of erratic behavior.

Summitt, 59, was told by doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. ,her condition is a type associated with Alzheimer's disease.

"I feel better just knowing what I’m dealing with," Summitt told the Sentinel. “And as far as I’m concerned it’s not going to keep me from living my life, not going to keep me from coaching.”

Summitt, who says her grandmother suffered from "severe dementia," says she plans on coaching the Vols this coming season.

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