By LARRY VAUGHT
Give Kentucky women’s coach Matthew Mitchell credit for trying to explain all the turmoil in his program Thursday. He went on Kentucky Sports Radio, did an interview with Jen Smith of the Lexington Herald-Leader and held a 45-minute press conference.
Of course, when six players leave in less than nine months, two coaches quit, one coach is not rehired and two recruits de-commit, it is time to do some explaining.
Mitchell said there was not a general them to the turnover.
“What would be so great is if you could answer that in one sentence. I don’t know if it is satisfactory to people, but I just have to be honest with you every situation is personal and different. The dismissal was for one reason. Morgan Rich’s departure was different than Linnae Haper’s and different than Kyvin Goodin-Rogers’,” Mitchell said.
“I understand that that might be hard to believe or that people would like for that to be more simply put. The reason that Ivana (Jakubcova) wanted to leave was different than the reason that Batouly (Camara) wanted to leave. And what I have to do is make sure that I communicate at the highest level possible in the recruiting process, while they’re here.
“That takes me – right now what I need to do is I need to do build out a staff that is going to show a sign of stability to our kids, is going to be able to help me deliver that message and help me improve. That is what we have to do right now and I’m optimistic that we’re going to be able to get that done.”
After his press conference, I reached out to Goodin-Rogers, a former Marion County star, and Anthony Epps, the father of UK star Makayla Epps, for their insights. Goodin-Rogers talked about her departure from UK for the first time and while Anthony Epps has plenty of questions, he also still supports Mitchell. Read their insights at: http://www.lex18.com/story/31833749/anthony-epps-kyvin-goodin-rogers-offer-insights-on-kentucky-womens-program