>> And you got to want this game more->> She was the winningest coach in college basketball history. An icon in her home state of Tennessee and a symbol of strength and grace to those who knew her. Pat Summitt, Legendary Coach of the University of Tennessee's Lady Vols passing away Tuesday from early onset dementia.
The disease that had forced her to step down from the post in 2012 after 38 seasons. Along the way, 1,098 career victories, more than any other coach in Division I basketball and eight national championships. Accolades and anecdotes pouring in Monday as word spread her condition had taken a sharp turn for the worse.
>> When you think about the list of great Tennesseeans over history, I don't know what the numbering is, but Pat's at the very top of that list. In terms of changing not just the game of basketball, but the impact on the world. And I think my heart is heavy, along with a whole lot of Tennesseeans who are just grateful for what Pat has meant.
>> Summitt also led the 1984 Women's Olympic team to a gold medal and was named NCAA coach of the year seven times. Her talents appreciated well beyond the court.>> Pat and I are wonderful friends and had a great relationship, help each other recruit all the time. I don't know, maybe 10 or 12 times I had her into talk to our football team and it was amazing.
The respect that those young men paid to her and how they listened and responded to her.>> She also dedicated her life to finding a cure for Alzheimer's through her Pat Summitt Foundation. And held a position as head coach emeritus of the Lady Vols until her death.>> There just aren't enough words of praise to place upon her as a teacher, as a coach, as a leader, as an example.
She's just going to be and she is just missed, she's missed.>> Pat Summitt was 64.