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Vols' Summitt steps down

Pat Summitt, who won more games than anyone in NCAA college basketball history, stepped down Wednesday as coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols, less than eight months after revealing she had early-onset dementia.

"I've loved being the head coach at Tennessee for 38 years, but I recognize that the time has come to move into the future and to step into a new role," the 59-year-old Hall of Famer said in a statement issued by the school.

Summitt's career ends with a 1,098-208 record, 16 regular-season Southeastern Conference championships and 16 SEC tournament titles.

During her time, Tennessee never failed to reach the NCAA tournament, never received a seed lower than No. 5 and reached 18 Final Fours.

Longtime assistant Holly Warlick will take over for Summitt, who will be head coach emeritus.

When the Lady Vols lost in a regional final to eventual national champion Baylor, Warlick's tears were a sign of how draining the season had been and of how it likely was Summitt's last game.

"She is an icon who does not view herself in that light, and her legacy is well-defined and everlasting," athletic director Dave Hart said. "Just like there will never be another John Wooden, there will never be another Pat Summitt."

Summitt will report to Hart while assisting the program she guided to eight national titles since taking over in 1974.

Tennessee said Summitt's responsibilities will include helping with recruiting, watching practice, attending staff meetings, helping coaches analyze practice and games, and advising the Southeastern Conference on women's basketball issues and mentoring players.

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