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VIDEO: North Carolina head coach Roy Williams collapses on sideline

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North Carolina head coach Roy Williams collapsed during the second half of No. 2 North Carolina’s visit to Boston College on Tuesday night:

Roy Williams has dealt with vertigo in the past; it’s not abnormal for him to collapse on the sideline during games, and given that his team is currently losing to Boston College, it’s understandable that he may have screamed himself dizzy.

He had to be helped off the floor:

It does appear that this isn’t something serious, according to a North Carolina release, that said Williams is “doing OK”.

Pat Summitt, winningest coach in D1 history, dead at 64

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who uplifted the women’s game from obscurity to national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee, has died. She was 64.

With an icy glare on the sidelines, Summitt led the Lady Vols to eight national championships and prominence on a campus steeped in the traditions of the football-rich south until she retired in 2012.

Her son, Tyler Summitt, issued a statement Tuesday morning saying his mother died peacefully at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most.

“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.”

Summitt helped grow college women’s basketball as her Lady Vols dominated the sport in the late 1980s and 1990s, winning six titles in 12 years. Tennessee – the only school she coached – won NCAA titles in 1987, 1989, 1991, 1996-98 and 2007-08. Summitt had a career record of 1,098-208 in 38 seasons, plus 18 NCAA Final Four appearances.

She announced in 2011 at age 59 that she’d been diagnosed with early onset dementia. She coached one more season before stepping down. At her retirement, Summitt’s eight national titles ranked behind the 10 won by former UCLA men’s coach John Wooden. UConn coach Geno Auriemma passed Summitt after she retired.

When she stepped down, Summitt called her coaching career a “great ride.”

Summitt was a tough taskmaster with a frosty glower that could strike the fear of failure in her players. She punished one team that stayed up partying before an early morning practice by running them until they vomited. She even placed garbage cans in the gym so they’d have somewhere to be sick.

Nevertheless, she enjoyed such an intimate relationship with her players that they called her “Pat.”

Known for her boundless energy, Summitt set her clocks ahead a few minutes to stay on schedule.

“The lady does not slow down, ever,” one of her players, Kellie Jolly, said in 1998. “If you can ever catch her sitting down doing nothing, you are one special person.”

Summitt never had a losing record and her teams made the NCAA Tournament every season. She began her coaching career at Tennessee in the 1974-75 season, when her team finished 16-8.

With a 75-54 victory against Purdue on March 22, 2005, she earned her 880th victory, moving her past North Carolina’s Dean Smith as the all-time winningest coach in NCAA history. She earned her 1,000th career win with a 73-43 victory against Georgia on Feb. 5, 2009.

Summitt won 16 Southeastern Conference regular season titles, as well as 16 conference tournament titles. She was an eight-time SEC coach of the year and seven-time NCAA coach of the year. She also coached the U.S. women’s Olympic team to the 1984 gold medal.

Summitt’s greatest adversary on the court was Auriemma. The two teams played 22 times from 1995-2007. Summitt ended the series after the 2007 season.

“Pat’s vision for the game of women’s basketball and her relentless drive pushed the game to a new level and made it possible for the rest of us to accomplish what we did,” Auriemma said at the time of her retirement.

In 1999, Summitt was inducted as part of the inaugural class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. She made the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame a year later. In 2013, she also was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Summitt was such a competitor that she refused to let a pilot land in Virginia when she went into labor while on a recruiting trip in 1990. Virginia had beaten her Lady Vols a few months earrlier, preventing them from playing for a national title on their home floor.

But it was only in 2012 when being honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award that Summitt shared she had six miscarriages before giving birth to her son, Tyler.

She was born June 14, 1952, in Henrietta, Tennessee, and graduated from Cheatham County Central High School just west of Nashville. She played college basketball at the University of Tennessee at Martin where she received her bachelor’s degree in physical education. She was the co-captain of the 1976 U.S. Olympic team, which won the silver medal.

After playing at UT Martin, she was hired as a graduate assistant at Tennessee and took over when the previous head coach left.

She wrote a motivational book in 1998, “Reach for the Summitt.” Additionally, she worked with Sally Jenkins on “Raise the Roof,” a book about the 1997-98 championship season, and also detailed her battle with dementia in a memoir, “Sum It Up,” released in March 2013 and also co-written with Jenkins.

“It’s hard to pinpoint the exact day that I first noticed something wrong,” Summitt wrote. “Over the course of a year, from 2010 to 2011, I began to experience a troubling series of lapses. I had to ask people to remind me of the same things, over and over. I’d ask three times in the space of an hour, `What time is my meeting again?’ – and then be late.”

Summitt started a foundation in her name to fight Alzheimer’s in 2011 that has raised millions of dollars.

After she retired, Summitt was given the title head coach emeritus at Tennessee. She had been cutting back her public appearances over the past few years. She came to a handful of Tennessee games this past season and occasionally also traveled to watch her son Tyler coach at Louisiana Tech the last two years.

Earlier this year, Summitt moved out of her home into an upscale retirement resort when her regular home underwent renovations.

Summitt is the only person to have two courts used by NCAA Division I basketball teams named in her honor: “Pat Head Summitt Court” at the University of Tennessee-Martin, and “The Summitt” at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She also has two streets named after her: “Pat Summitt Street” on the University of Tennessee-Knoxville campus and “Pat Head Summitt Avenue” on the University of Tennessee-Martin campus.

She is survived by son Tyler Summitt.

Pat Summitt passes away at 64 years old

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Pat Summitt, the legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach who led the Lady Vols to eight national titles during her 38-year tenure with the program, died on Tuesday.

She was 64 years old.

Summitt had been battling early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type, for the past five years. She coached for a season after getting diagnosed. Since January, she had been living in what her son, Tyler, termed as an ‘upscale retirement resort’, and over the weekend, friends and family started making their way to Knoxville for what was expected to be their final goodbyes.

Summitt was a legend in coaching the same way that Prince and David Bowie were legends in the music industry and Muhammad Ali was a legend in the American sporting landscape and the civil rights movements. How many people in sports get awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom? Summitt did in 2012.

That’s how important she was, not just to the coaching industry but to women’s sports. She died at 64 years old, so it’s easy to forget that she spent 38 years heading up the Lady Vols. She took over the program when she was just 22 years old, two years after the introduction of Title IX and two years before she would win a silver medal in the 1976 Olympic Games.

At the time she took over the program, women’s basketball wasn’t even an NCAA sanctioned sport. Tennessee competed in the AIAW — Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women — because the NCAA didn’t offer championships in women’s sports until 1982. That didn’t stop Summitt from turning Knoxville into the center of the women’s basketball universe, amassing 32 combined SEC titles, seven National Coach of the Year awards, an NCAA Division I record 1,098 wins (Coach K is second with 1,040) and a record 18 Final Fours, which is six more than John Wooden recorded.

But perhaps more impressive was that she made her basketball team its own brand, the ‘Lady Vols’. The women’s sports teams even had their own athletics director.

That’s what Summitt helped build.

She made the Tennessee Women’s Basketball a brand in a sport that wasn’t even a sport when she started her coaching career.

And there aren’t too many people that can make that claim in any walk of life.

Pat Summitt (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)
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Washington announces addition of former Utah commit

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 8:  Coach Lorenzo Romar of the Washington Huskies directs his players in the first half of the game against the San Diego State Aztecs at the Viejas Arena on December 8, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
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Monday afternoon the Washington basketball program announced the addition of a 6-foot-6 guard who at one point in time was poised to play against the Huskies in the Pac-12.

Harold Baruti, who committed to Utah in mid-May, has joined Lorenzo Romar’s program. Baruti’s addition gives Washington another option on the perimeter, which is a positive for a team that uses a lot of players in their uptempo system. A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Baruti attended Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Virginia.

Baruti de-committed from Utah just over two weeks ago, with the Salt Lake Tribune reporting at the time that his application for admission was submitted after the school’s deadline for international students.

As a result Utah loses a perimeter newcomer and Washington gains one, moving the Huskies’ 2016 recruiting class up to four. McDonald’s All-American guard Markelle Fultz leads the class, with Baruti, wing Carlos Johnson and center Sam Timmins being the other new arrivals in Seattle.

Bruce Pearl shares heartfelt comments on former Tennessee colleague Pat Summitt

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As news of Pat Summitt’s declining health continues to travel around the country, her peers in the college coaching community are beginning to speak out on the legacy that she created.

On Monday morning, Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl discussed his former colleague.

“She created a brand called the Lady Vols,” Pearl said during Monday’s SEC coaches teleconference. “Enough said. You say ‘Lady Vol,’ and Pat created a brand that said it all.”

Pearl knows Summitt’s role in building Tennessee well. He spent six seasons as the head coach of Tennessee’s men’s basketball program, with his tenure coming to an end just a year before Summitt’s career came to an end.

The most famous picture of Pearl features him covered in orange body paint attending a Lady Vols game.

“Pat Summitt saw things in people that they did not see in themselves,” Pearl added. “Pat Summitt never apologized to any one of her players for expecting the most out of them, demanding it and getting it.”

“She was a great friend. She was as loyal as they came. If you were a friend of Pat Summitt’s, she was always there for you. She’s a great mother, and she had the ability to get the most out of her ladies. As much as anybody. She was the most accomplished person in her field and the humblest woman I know. She was the best at what she did, but she was always reading, writing, asking questions, watching tape, watching the Olympics, watching European basketball. She wanted to be on the cutting edge and was always trying to get better.

Nation’s No. 2 prospect transfers to Seattle-area high school

Father Tolton Catholic's Michael Porter, Jr. (1) celebrates after sinking a basket and drawing a foul during the first half of the Missouri Class 3 boys high school championship basketball game against the Barstow Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Michael Porter Jr., the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2017, and his younger brother Jontay, a four-star prospect in the Class of 2018, announced over the weekend that they will be playing the remainder of their respective high school careers at Nathan Hale HS in Seattle.

The Porters were previously at Father Tilton in Columbia, Missouri. They’re transferring to the Pacific Northwest because their father, Michael Porter Sr., accepted a job as an assistant coach on Lorenzo Romar’s staff at Washington. Porter Sr. was previously an assistant on Missouri’s women’s team.

Why is this relevant?

Well, Nathan Hale isn’t exactly known for being a basketball powerhouse. The team went 3-18 last season. But the program also hired a new head coach for next season — former UW star Brandon Roy. The expectation, ever since Romar hired Porter Sr., has been that Michael would end up enrolling with the Huskies for his one-and-done season; Jontay is already committed to Washington.

And if the familial connection wasn’t enough, the Porters have moved to a city with a strong basketball tradition and, instead of playing for Garfield HS (Roy, Tony Wroten) or Rainier Beach (Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson, Terrence Williams), they wound up at the school being coached by a former UW superstar.

Michael’s top five includes Washington, Missouri, Indiana, Oklahoma and Virginia.