Legendary coach Pat Summitt passed away Monday night. (Randy Sartin/USA Today Sports)

Legendary coach Pat Summitt passed away Tuesday. (Randy Sartin/USA Today Sports)

Former University of Tennessee coach and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member Pat Summitt passed away Tuesday morning after a lengthy battle with early onset dementia. She was 64.

Her son, Tyler Summitt, released a statement Tuesday revealing his mother died peacefully at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville, Tennessee surrounded by loved ones.

“Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ and she did so with bravely fierce determination just as she did with every opponent she ever faced,” Tyler Summitt said. “Even though it’s incredibly difficult to come to terms that she is no longer with us, we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease.”

The winningest coach in Division I history, Summitt tallied 1,098 wins and eight national championships in her 38 seasons as head coach of the Lady Vols. She left the team in 2012 after announcing she had early onset dementia in 2011.

A pioneer for women’s basketball, Summitt became head coach at Tennessee in 1974 when the NCAA didn’t recognize the sport. Her accomplishments and success helped women’s basketball garner national attention and gave the sport a new spotlight.

Even after retiring in 2012, she continued to work with Tennessee student-athletes while working with the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund, with proceeds going to cutting-edge research. She received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPN’s ESPY Awards in 2012, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama that same year.

“She’ll be remembered as the all-time winningest D-1 basketball coach in NCAA history, but she was more than a coach to so many,” Tyler Summitt said. “She was a hero and a mentor, especially to me, her family, her friends, her Tennessee Lady Volunteer staff and the 161 Lady Vol student-athletes she coached during her 38-year tenure.”

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier

Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mets at Nationals, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
College baseball: World Series, Coastal Carolina vs. Arizona, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Wings at Sparks, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Former NFL coach Buddy Ryan, the father of Bills coach Rex Ryan, has died at the age of 82, his agent confirmed to the media Tuesday morning.

Buddy Ryan was the architect of the famed “46” defense of the Bears, who routed the Patriots in the 1986 Super Bowl. Ryan was carried off the field by his players after that game.

Also a member of the defensive staff of the Super Bowl-champion Jets in 1968, Ryan went on to become a head coach of the Eagles and Cardinals, posting a 55-55-1 record. He also served as defensive coordinator of the Vikings and Houston Oilers. Known for his brash ways and issues getting along with his fellow coaches, Ryan punched Oilers offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride during a sideline skirmish in 1993.

Rex Ryan was on his father’s staff with the Cardinals for two years in the 1990s. Last fall, despite his declining health, Buddy traveled to Buffalo to watch Rex make his debut as Bills coach. Buddy’s first NFL job was as a Bills assistant in the early 1960s.

Rex’s twin brother, Rob, is a former Patriots assistant who was fired as Saints defensive coordinator late last season and was hired by his brother in January to be an assistant head coach/defense with the Bills.

— As the problems in Rio de Janeiro continue to mount, the state’s acting governor acknowledged that the Olympic Games could be a “big failure” unless a huge investment is made immediately.

Talking to Rio’s O Globo daily, Francisco Dornelles said security and mobility could be compromised until the arrival of a $2.9 billion payment from the federal government that was allocated last week.

“How are people going to feel protected in a city without security?” Dornelles asked, adding: “I’m optimistic about the games, but I have to show reality. We can have a great Olympics, but if some steps aren’t taken, it can be a big failure.”

Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes last week said the Olympics are not responsible for the state’s financial troubles and the city was in good financial health. Rio has been especially hard hit by a country-wide recession.

Dornelles, an 81-year-old who took over after Governor Luiz Fernando Pezao took a medical leave earlier this year to battle cancer, responded by saying: “I’m not a candidate for anything anymore. Therefore, they can throw all the blame my way.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 28, 2003, the Red Sox made a trade with the Rockies to acquire which outfielder who went 4-for-5 with three RBIs in that night’s game against the Marlins (a 10-9 loss) and went on to become a fan favorite in Boston?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was disappointing. The bottom line is, he’s capable of more, we’re capable of more. We needed to get better, and we had a chance to share that here after the game. We collectively have to get better.” — Red Sox manager John Farrell, after Eduardo Rodriguez allowed nine runs in just 2 2/3 innings in Monday’s 13-7 loss to the Rays, leading to a team meeting afterward

STAT OF THE DAY: 1 — Players in major league history to record three home runs and two doubles in one game, as Cubs slugger Kris Bryant became the first during Monday’s 11-8 victory over the Reds

‘NET RESULTS: Following a 3 1/2-hour rain delay that lasted until after 2 a.m., the Rangers rally past the Yankees in the ninth inning for a 9-6 win, with Adrian Beltre delivering the go-ahead RBI single.

A bird flies by home plate and nearly gets hit by a pitch from Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Gabe Kapler

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bobby Bare Jr., who broke onto the music scene as an 8-year-old singing “Daddy, What If” with his father, country singer Bobby Bare Sr., was born on this day in 1966.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
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