You won't start many arguments by suggesting Pat Summitt will be remembered as one of the greatest coaches of any sport, of any gender, of any generation.
Sadly, though, a legendary career that stretched almost four decades ended sooner than anyone anticipated. Summitt, 59, announced her resignation as Tennessee's women's basketball coach Wednesday, less than a year after she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
Longtime assistant Holly Warlick will take over as head coach with Summitt remaining at the school as "head coach emeritus."
Summitt said she intends to continue "mentoring and teaching life skills."
"I loved being the head coach at Tennessee for 38 years," she said in a statement. "But I recognize that the time has come to move into the future and to step into a new role."
Summitt's Tennessee teams won eight NCAA championships and 1,098 games with 208 losses. She led the Lady Vols to 22 Final Four appearances, 18 with the NCAA and four with the now-defunct AIAW. Her teams won 16 Southeastern Conference regular-season titles and 16 SEC tournament crowns.