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Matthew Mitchell Is Grinding Hard To Turn The UK Hoops Cats Around

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Matthew Mitchell Is Grinding Hard To Turn The UK Hoops Cats Around

Photo: ukathletics.com

Photo: ukathletics.com

Photo: ukathletics.com

The drama, turmoil and upheaval surrounding Matthew Mitchell and the Kentucky women’s basketball program has been well documented. Actually, that’s an understatement. Going through all of the departures of assistant coaches, current players and committed recruits is too exhaustive to itemize individually.

It’s still too bleak for comfort. They currently have seven players with which to navigate through the next season.

Coach Mitchell has been in damage control mode for much longer than he would care to remember.

However, he has been making vital repairs to resuscitate his squad beginning with the coaching staff. Kyra Elzy was hired back as an associate head coach on April 26 to help rekindle the good vibe around the team during Mitchell’s early years. On May 5, Niya Butts, former head coach at Arizona, was added to the staff. Six days later, Mitchell brought former UK guard Amber Smith in to be on his support staff.

On the player’s side of things, Jaida Roper, a point guard from Memphis, announced that she would join the UK Hoop Cats on May 19.

So yes, Coach Mitchell has been grinding. That is his only option.  He has to bail water like he’s never bailed before.

He may have thrown his biggest haymaker to date today.

This carries some serious weight. Lin Dunn has seen it all and done it all in women’s basketball. She’s been coaching for 40 years, has head coaching experience at the college and professional levels. She coached the Indiana Fever to a WNBA championship in 2012.

Even more important than all of that, she’s known Matthew Mitchell for 20 years. This can’t be stressed enough with Coach Mitchell desperately needing harmony and continuity in every area of his program.

Praise and accolades for Lin Dunn overflowed from all over the basketball world.

High praise indeed. Tamika Catchings is a 10-time WNBA All Star and has a resume’ a mile long herself.

Are all of these move guaranteed to work? No.

But it’s encouraging to see that Coach Mitchell has rolled up his sleeves and gone to work. If things don’t work out, it won’t be due to a lack of effort.

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