No. 13 Lady Vols honoring Summitt with commemorative patch

Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt cheers her players on during the championship game of the SEC women's tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999. Tennessee defeated Georgia, 85-69, for the title. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt cheers her players on during the championship game of the SEC women's tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999. Tennessee defeated Georgia, 85-69, for the title. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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.

Related: Lady Vols rout Carson-Newman 95-56 in exhibition

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