Her assistants say it would be a mistake to think she is any less involved.
Earlier this week, she called a defensive change that keyed a tough victory over No. 11 Rutgers. Summitt still rides the officials from the bench and has kept her promise to the team, the one about staying tough.
"I got that stare in the DePaul game the other night because I wasn't rebounding," Baugh said. "There was nothing different about it."
Open and positive
The list of celebrities who have gone public in their struggle with dementia is short. No one saw much of Ronald Reagan or Charlton Heston after it was announced they had the disease.
From the very start, Summitt was determined to keep coaching and remain in the open. She wanted to put a face on Alzheimer's, much like Magic did with HIV.
"It was important for her to do this," Tyler said. "She wanted to show others that this is OK and it's not something you have to change your entire life for."
Her decision could have a ripple effect for an estimated 5.4 million Americans suffering from this affliction.
"One of the things that has been true with Alzheimer's disease over the years is that there is a lot of stigma attached to it," said Angela Geiger, chief strategy officer for the Alzheimer's Assn. "Watching Pat Summitt be such a vibrant, powerful person will help reduce that stigma."
The coach has received standing ovations in arenas across the country. Moore recently visited her and was amazed by the mail "from so many people who aren't fans, who have nothing to do with basketball."
With that Type-A personality, Summitt occasionally gets frustrated at having to cut back. And because dementia affects each victim differently, she faces an uncertain future.
"You can learn about so many things in coaching, like how to attack a gimmick defense," Lockwood said. "There is no road map for this, no blueprint."
Still, Summitt has found a way to persevere.
Her players are working harder than ever. Baugh explained: "We can't say we're tired in practice because we see our coach fighting. We have to get tougher, just like her."
Tyler says he has been inspired by his mother. The Tennessee assistants are surprised that their boss has learned to laugh more often.
"Her resilience is amazing," Warlick said. "She has this very calming effect on people."
It is all part of the game plan in this, her toughest season. Keep the team moving forward. Keep everyone composed and focused.
Just don't let her pull out that iPad.