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Mitchell issues statement on Summitt's decision to step down

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Matthew Mitchell served under Pat Summitt at Tennessee as a graduate assistant in 1999-2000. (Chet White, UK Athletics) Matthew Mitchell served under Pat Summitt at Tennessee as a graduate assistant in 1999-2000. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
On Wednesday afternoon, the University of Tennessee announced that long-time women's basketball coach Pat Summitt was stepping down after 38 season to accept a position as head coach emeritus. In the wake of her decision, Kentucky head coach Matthew Mitchell issued the following statement in support of the woman who helped jumpstart his career:

"I want to thank Pat Summitt for all she has done for the sport of women's basketball. Her  1,098 wins,  eight national titles and numerous conference titles are just a few of her staggering statistics and accomplishments. What I think is more important about Pat Summitt than her impressive statistics, is the millions of people she has and continues to inspire. She motivated so many people during her 38 years to accomplish their dreams.  Words can never express adequately how much gratitude I personally have for Coach Summitt. I am living a dream, coaching at Kentucky, because she gave me an opportunity to learn from her many years ago. Jenna and I will continue to support the Pat Summitt Foundation and Coach Summitt's effort to bring awareness to this disease that she is so courageously fighting. I wish Coach Summitt nothing but the very best as she starts the next chapter in her very impactful life. I love her very much."

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