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Summitt: 'A great ride'

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pat Summitt smiled and joked, looking and sounding at peace as she talked about stepping down as Tennessee's women's basketball coach.

"It was really a great ride for me," said Summitt, diagnosed with early-onset dementia. "You know it's never a good time, but you have to find the time that you think is the right time and that is now."

Summitt, who turns 60 in June, joked how coming to work every day in her new role as "head coach emeritus" and staying around students may help keep her young.

"I'm getting ready to turn the big one … yeah 30," she said.

The White House said Summitt will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

Wisconsin: The Badgers will allow freshman forward Jarrod Uthoff to transfer to any school outside the Big Ten.

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usf to add transfer? It's hard to believe anything until scholarship papers are signed, but coveted Notre Dame defensive end transfer Aaron Lynch, due to visit USF this weekend, is joining the Bulls this summer, according to a tweet from current Bulls (and former Irish) safety Spencer Boyd.

"Big addition to the team!" Boyd wrote in a posting at Twitter.com on Thursday afternoon.

Boyd and Lynch, both from Cape Coral, started their college careers at Notre Dame. Lynch hasn't spoken publicly since Notre Dame issued a statement from him announcing he was leaving after one season to move back to Florida.

USF has received a release, and he's due to arrive on campus today for a weekend visit. The freshman All-American led the Irish in sacks as a true freshman. Lynch, 6 feet 6 and 270 pounds, likely would sit out the 2012 season, then have three years of eligibility.

it began with a kiss: Former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino told his boss that his affair with a woman he later hired as an assistant began with a kiss last fall and ended in February when the two decided to be friends, according to documents released Thursday.

The details are in 25 pages of handwritten notes kept by athletic director Jeff Long during meetings with Petrino on April 10 and also with Jessica Dorrell, the football department employee the coach hired without disclosing their relationship. The notes were released as part of a Freedom of Information Act request.

In October, Petrino and Dorrell were sitting in a car, eating lunch and "she said are you going to kiss me," according to Long's notes of his talk with Petrino. He then wrote: "Kissed on lunch outing."

Penn State settles: The school said it has provided more than $5.5 million in payments and benefits to settle Joe Paterno's employment contract. The coach was fired in November and died in January. A breakdown provided by the school: a career bonus of $3 million; an annual bonus of $425,000; the use by Paterno's family of a stadium suite for 25 years, valued at $1.5 million; and $900,000 from TV and radio revenue from last season. The deal also pledges monthly payments to the coach's widow, Sue Paterno, of $1,000 for life.

alabama honored: President Barack Obama honored Alabama for winning the BCS championship to culminate what he called a "deeply meaningful season for the Tide." He praised coaches and players for their efforts in the Alabama community, noting how they helped rebuild Tuscaloosa after tornadoes hit in April 2011. "Now, obviously this is a team that knows something about adversity," Obama said.

boise state: The Idaho State Board of Education signed off on a new five-year, $11.7 million deal for coach Chris Petersen.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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