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Lady Vols' Warlick focusing on positive amid difficult year

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Holly Warlick remains upbeat amid an extraordinarily difficult year.

Pat Summitt, her predecessor and mentor, died in June after battling early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. That followed a trying season in which Tennessee had a school-record 14 losses but surged down the stretch to reach an NCAA Tournament regional final.

The upcoming season hasn't started, yet Warlick's team already is down to nine healthy scholarship players. Athletic director Dave Hart, who hired her to replace Summitt, just announced his pending retirement.


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