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By LARRY VAUGHT
When information about the Kentucky women’s basketball clinic came out, several vaughtsviews.com readers who have attended the event and plan to do so again had a couple of concerns/questions.
Comment one: It seems to me the women’s clinic is getting shorter and shorter every year. Now it is on a week-night? Why are we getting short changed? There is not even a tour of the new lodge. I bleed blue just as much as anyone and I know my b-ball but I think this is not fair and someone should let UK and Coach Cal know. Three hours is not enough time.
Comment two: It would not allow us to get autographs of all the young men like we did a couple years ago. They have a strict time to be back in the dorm. I just think we are getting the short end of the straw. We support the program just as much as the men or coaches.
Rather than speculate about the correct answers, I contacted UK and John Hayden, associate director of media relations, for explanations — and he provided them.
“The women’s clinic has consistently been a three-hour clinic (not including the check-in) and three of the four years we’ve done it, including this year, it has been done on a Wednesday night which is usually the only time we’re able to secure all facilities due to other sports’ schedules and facility needs,” Hayden said. “Once registration is complete, an email detailing various other events in the clinic are shared privately with the registered people.
“We don’t promote athlete autographs because of their schedules relating to class/tutors and if for whatever reason, campers don’t get all the autographs they’re seeking, we don’t want to make promises we can’t keep. I hope these address your readers’ concerns.”
I think they should and I’ve also been told UK hopes to have any and all parking concerns under control with specific instructions for those attending the clinic to follow to avoid past problems.
And if you are going to attend the clinic, let me know. Would love for you to share photos and comments here with us.