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Summitt has early dementia

Tennessee's Pat Summitt plans to coach "as long as the good Lord is willing" despite recently being diagnosed with early onset dementia.

In a statement from Summitt released Tuesday, the Hall of Fame coach said she visited the Mayo Clinic after the end of last basketball season and was diagnosed with early onset dementia -- Alzheimer's type -- over the summer.

"I plan to continue to be your coach," Summitt said. "Obviously, I realize I may have some limitations with this condition."

Summitt, 59, said she plans to rely on medication and mental exercises to manage the progressive condition.

She said assistants Holly Warlick, Dean Lockwood and Mickie DeMoss will take on more responsibilities.

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