John Calipari and Matthew Mitchell release statements on Vols legend Pat Summitt

John Calipari
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Below are statements from men's and women's basketball coaches John Calipari and Matthew Mitchell on the news of Pat Summitt's diagnosis of early onset dementia.


“My thoughts and prayers are with Coach Summitt and her family,” Mitchell said. “She's done so much for me personally and I wouldn't be where I am professionally without the contributions she has made in my life. She has been such an incredible example to me and she is someone I care for tremendously. It took a great amount of courage to address this issue but it doesn't surprise me. She's always been a very courageous woman. My family is praying for Coach Summitt and Tyler. I also know Mickie (DeMoss) and Holly (Warlick) along with the entire will be there for Coach Summitt during this difficult time.”


“Pat Summitt transcends her sport,” Calipari said. “She is more than just a coach; she is a leader in her field. Pat Summitt was one of the original promoters of women's sports and no one has done more for her sport or for women in general than she has. She will be in my daily prayers and I urge all of the Big Blue Nation to keep her in their thoughts and prayers.”