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Summitt: 'It was a great ride'

Pat Summitt was relaxed, smiling and even cracking jokes -- looking and sounding totally at peace knowing she will never coach her beloved Tennessee Lady Vols again.

The Hall of Fame coach who just eight months ago revealed she had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type, has turned the program over to longtime assistant Holly Warlick.

"It was really a great ride for me," Summitt said Thursday, speaking on the Tennessee basketball court named after her before a crowd of about 200 fans, faculty and friends.

"I just felt like it was time for me to step down knowing that Holly was going to be in great hands," Summitt said.

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SMU hires Larry Brown

Larry Brown is returning to college to get back into coaching.

The 71-year-old Hall of Fame coach was hired Thursday at SMU. It is his first college job in nearly a quarter century, and comes with a struggling program that is headed to the Big East after next season.

"It's a challenge like everything. The greater the challenge, the greater the opportunity," Brown told the Associated Press by phone from his home in Philadelphia.

Brown, the only coach to win both an NBA championship and NCAA title, hasn't coached since leaving the Charlotte Bobcats in December 2010 after the NBA's team's 9-19 start.

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Briefly

*The Indianapolis Colts have notified Andrew Luck that they plan to take the Stanford quarterback with the No. 1 pick in next week's NFL draft barring some unforeseen event between now and then, confirming what most NFL observers have known for months. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not publicly disclosed its plan.

*Penn State has agreed to provide millions in payments and benefits to Joe Paterno's estate and family members under the late football coach's employment contract, although a family lawyer says the Paternos did not sign away their right to sue.

*Matt Every shot a course-record 9-under 63 Thursday to take a three-stroke lead over Hunter Haas after the first round of the Texas Open. Every, who has never finished higher than third on the PGA Tour, had nine birdies in a bogey-free round. It was a career best on the notoriously unforgiving TPC San Antonio course.

*Baylor standout Brittney Griner will not play for the U.S. women's basketball team at the London Olympics this summer. The 6-foot-8 Griner, who was considered a candidate for the final roster spot on the national team, cited an unspecified family illness and her summer school schedule.

From News staff and wire service reports.