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Veteran Lil Dunn joins Matthew Mitchell’s staff

LEXINGTON, Ky. – With over 40 years of coaching experience, including nearly three decades in the collegiate ranks and a Women’s National Basketball Association championship title to her name, Lin Dunn has been named an assistant coach with the Kentucky women’s basketball team, Matthew Mitchell announced Tuesday.

“I could not be more excited to get the chance to work every day with one of my greatest mentors and dearest friends in Lin Dunn,” Mitchell said. “When you think about those that helped paved the way for women’s sports, Lin Dunn is one of those names that comes to your mind. She has helped me become the coach and person that I am today and I am forever grateful. With our staff now complete, it’s time for us to turn the page and take this program to new heights.”

Check out stories on Hamidou Diallo, Jordan Bonner, UK Hoops and more

Hamidou Diallo and coach Tom Espinosa
Hamidou Diallo and coach Tom Espinosa

Hamidou Diallo and coach Tom Espinosa

By LARRY VAUGHT

There’s nothing quite like Kentucky Derby day in the Bluegrass and what a glorious day we do have today.

No, I didn’t make one of the Derby gala events Friday night and like most of you I will watch the Derby on my TV later today.

So to help you pass some time today, here are links stories I wrote this week for www.lex18.com.

Start with this one about Allen Edwards knowing he always wanted to be a coach and now having chance at head coach at Wyoming.

What’s going on with UK women’s basketball? Go to any practice next season and see

Everything seemed happy at UK's preseason photo day. However, turmoil has dominated the offseason. (Vicky Graff Photo)
Everything seemed happy at UK's preseason photo day. However, turmoil has dominated the offseason. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Everything seemed happy at UK’s preseason photo day. However, turmoil has dominated the offseason. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

We’ve had a week to digest what has been going on with the University of Kentucky women’s basketball program and no one has yet to come up with any real answers about what caused so many players and the entire assistant coaching staff to bail out on the winning program.

I was looking over a few of the things coach Matthew Mitchell had to say at his press conference last week and thought you might take a look at what he said when asked about if he had changed the way he coaches in recent years.

Barnhart to Mitchell: Stabilize program, make improvements now

Mitch Barnhart (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Mitch Barnhart (Wade Upchurch Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During his 45-minute press conference Wednesday detailing the turmoil in the women’s basketball program, coach Matthew Mitchell revealed what athletics director Mitch Barnhart had said to him — or at least some of what Barnhart said.

“I sense that there is urgency from Mitch that we want our kids and players to be in a stable situation. I think he has that wish for our program and every other program,” Mitchell said. “I have never been around an athletic director that cares more about these young people as individuals and I have said this many times, he knows every athlete in this department and knows her story or his story. He has a tremendous heart for people.

Camryn Whitaker: “This is a place that I love and that means more to me than moving on and being a head coach somewhere.”

Camryn Whitaker (Vicky Graff Photo)
Camryn Whitaker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Camryn Whitaker (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Just a few weeks ago Camryn Whitaker was recruiting for next season and seemed perfectly happy coaching at Kentucky, the school the former Harrison County standout grew up cheering for.

That’s the same impression I had in mid March when I interviewed her for a feature I told her I wanted to save for June during the offseason.

Not once did she mention she might not be at Kentucky then and she even invited me to come see her any time during the summer.

Does Matthew Mitchell think he is too hard on coaches, players?

Vicky Graff Photo
Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

For almost 45 minutes Wednesday, Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell constantly blamed himself and no one else for turmoil in the women’s basketball program.

He’s been going through assistant coaches regularly the last three years and will have a completely new staff next year.

So is he hard to work for?

“I don’t think so. It has all come to a head now with the turnover. It goes back three years and one move kind of impacts the next. That is long and drawn out to kind of go step-by-step. I have had tremendous relationships with coaches that have come through here. So as far as me being hard to work with, I will definitely take a look at that and have examined myself,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell tries to explain turmoil; Kyvin-Goodin Rogers, Anthony Epps share thoughts

Epps shoots 2

Epps shoots 2By 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.

Will Mitchell’s press conference answer questions about Team Turmoil?

Matthew Mitchell is running out of players to hand the ball to. (Vicky Graff Photo)
Matthew Mitchell is running out of players to hand the ball to. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Matthew Mitchell is running out of players to hand the ball to. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

With all the recent turmoil that has hit the Kentucky women’s basketball program, it reminded me of a conversation I had with assistant coach Camryn Whitaker before UK played Washington in the NCAA Tournament.

She was a standout player at Harrison County High School and then Western Kentucky University. She joined the UK program just over a year ago and I wondered what a year with coach Matthew Mitchell had been like.

Rupp Arena does not guarantee UK Final Four berth

Janee Thompson hugged coach Matthew Mitchell after a NCAA win. (Vicky Graff Photo)
Janee Thompson hugged coach Matthew Mitchell after a NCAA win. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Janee Thompson hugged coach Matthew Mitchell after a NCAA win. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Playing in Rupp Arena this weekend doesn’t guarantee Kentucky its first Final Four trip. Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell only has to point out last year’s home loss to Dayton in NCAA play to make his point.

Friday night UK hosts Washington and if it wins will play the Notre Dame-Stanford survivor on Sunday for a Final Four berth.

Washington won at Maryland last week to advance to Lexington, another fact Mitchell was quick to note Thursday.

Matthew Mitchell: Kentucky has to outhustle Washington

Vicky Graff Photo
Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Q. What is your biggest concern when you look at Washington for Friday’s game? What are the things you’re going to have to do really well in order to succeed?

KENTUCKY COACH MATTHEW MITCHELL: Well, you’re going to have to, I think, start on the defensive end. You’re going to have to be really, really tough. One thing that we tried to talk about for our team in this tournament, we wanted to be the team that it was visible that we were hustling more than our opponent. And you’re going to really have to outhustle Washington. They play very hard, they play very together.

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