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Trying times for Tennessee Volunteers

Originally Published: August 24, 2011
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

Phillip Fulmer needed a few moments to compose himself.

"I'm struggling here," the former University of Tennessee football coach said in a phone interview.

Fulmer was trying to find the right words to describe his friend Pat Summitt, who Tuesday made public her ongoing battle with early-onset dementia, a precursor to Alzheimer's disease. He struggled because his own mother suffers from Alzheimer's, so he knows exactly how the disease can slowly erode a person ...

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