No. 13 Lady Vols honoring Summitt with commemorative patch

Candace Parker of the University of Tennessee, left, and Tyler Hansbrough of the University of North Carolina, right, pose with the 2008 John R. Wooden Award along with University of Tennessee coach Pat Summitt who received the Legends of Coaching award in Los Angeles on Friday, April 11, 2008. The award was established by The Los Angeles Athletic Club to honor the outstanding college basketball player of the year. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Candace Parker of the University of Tennessee, left, and Tyler Hansbrough of the University of North Carolina, right, pose with the 2008 John R. Wooden Award along with University of Tennessee coach Pat Summitt who received the Legends of Coaching award in Los Angeles on Friday, April 11, 2008. The award was established by The Los Angeles Athletic Club to honor the outstanding college basketball player of the year. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee is wearing commemorative patches on its jerseys to honor former Lady Volunteers coach Pat Summitt, who led the program to eight national titles.

The 13th-ranked Lady Vols wore the patches Monday during a 95-56 exhibition victory over Carson-Newman. Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said the patches would remain on the Lady Vols’ jerseys all season.

The patches include a capital “P” inside a circle. The “P” is based off Summitt’s actual signature. Tennessee’s football team has helmet stickers this season with a similar logo.

Summitt died June 28 after battling early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. She stepped down as Tennessee’s coach in 2012, one year after announcing her diagnosis. Her 1,098 wins are the most of any Division I men’s or women’s coach.

Tennessee opens the season Friday at James Madison.

AP

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