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Another Transfer from UK Hoops

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It has been a week since Matthew Mitchell went on a media tour to defend his program after a variety of defections.  If you thought they were over, you thought wrong.

UK announced that Alexis Jennings will transfer from the program after two seasons.  The forward started in 18 games last season, averaging 10.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

Including assistant coaches and decommitted recruits, Jennings is the 11th to leave the women’s basketball program.  There are only seven players remaining on next year’s roster: Makayla Epps, Maci Morris, Taylor Murray, Evelyn Akhator, Alyssa Rice, transfer Makenzie Cann and 2016 signee Chanin Scott.

Matthew Mitchell’s Statement:

“I talked last week about needing to give our players a clear path forward in our program and it saddens us that Alexis did not see a path for her at Kentucky,” Mitchell said. “She alerted me today that she felt it was in her best interest to finish her career elsewhere and we owe her that opportunity. I appreciate her hard work the past two years and hope she finds success.

“The turnover we have had has not been easy on our players and it’s critical that we give them some stability. Part of that is getting a quality staff in place and I am confident we are going to do that in the coming days. Our focus continues to be on the players in the locker room and the recruits that we are confident would make great Wildcats.”

Will the bleeding ever end?  Just when we thought it had stopped, it has started again.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

37 Comments for Another Transfer from UK Hoops



  1. A_Blue_Wildcat
    8:00 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

    It just might be time for Mitchell to go



    • FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
      8:12 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

      I love UK and all of our programs but this is terrible and after MM pathetic statements last week it is definitely time to fire Mitchell.



  2. ukkatzfan
    8:15 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

    The players are voting one at a time that he MUST be fired.



    • BigBlue2U
      10:54 am May 5, 2016 Permalink

      Indeed. And these are MM’s players, not like he waltzed into someone else’s recruits. If the people you convinced to come play for your program are overwhelmingly leaving, there is something terribly wrong. Cannot believe the lack of action from UK Athletics.



  3. blitzedanddazed
    8:17 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

    Mitchell has to be fired or the program is going to be set back for many years.



  4. UKCatAttack
    8:26 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

    Agreed. It is time to fire Mitchell. I think it’s clear the players don’t want to play for him. Even if he gets what remains of the current roster stabilized he will be hard pressed to ever get another big time recruit to play here. Opposing coaches will just point to this season when they are recruiting against him.



  5. winagain1
    8:45 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

    I thought he was already fired? He had a good run here… Sorry it had to end like this. Best of luck to him and all the girls in the future. I still can’t believe they all left.. That has to be a first



  6. NCwildcat
    8:50 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

    If I identify as a woman, can I play for them?



  7. cinder96
    8:54 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

    This is beyond belief. There is little hope for next season at this point. Why would anyone want to stay? Who wants to waste their time now trying to compete in the SEC. The rest of our team must be ready to bolt and who could blame them. Mitchell let his ego ruin Kentucky Women’s Basketball program.
    I am saddened by what has happened and disappointed in Mitchell and now Barnhart for letting it continue.



    • WeareBBN
      10:15 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

      The only reason we have a program to ruin is because of Mitchell. Women’s basketball at UK was nothing and he built it into a program. At this point he should not be fired but an explanation of why should come from someone. This is not because he has done a poor job of building a quality staff which is what we keep hearing.



    • leetome
      9:39 am May 5, 2016 Permalink

      The reason we had a top program and MM is the winningest coach is the amount of resources that have been put into the program and rightly so (different topic). Barnhart has already indicated he has no desire to investigate his friend MM and there is “no systemic problem”….Barnhart said the other day and he said it in December 2015 — “no systemic problem” regarding MM’s program. Since Barnhart can’t see it, I call on UK to have a different department like HR within UK investigate the climate surrounding the defections, employment and severance of players and coaches within MM’s program. These guys are managing some pretty healthy budgets and have employees and student labor..they operate in a tax exempt environment …. and they are paid at the top levels in their field…. MM has claimed transparency — let’s see it…. Until then…. #UKHOOPSWHISPERS



    • BigBlue2U
      10:57 am May 5, 2016 Permalink

      WeareBBN: Just because you were in charge of building something doesn’t mean you have carte blanche to run it into the ground. The team belongs to the university, and the university belongs to the state, the alumni, and the fans. MM must go.



  8. StuckinLville
    9:06 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

    This program could have been a final four caliber team going into this season and even the next year. I dont know what the hell is going on with this program but staff issues do not cause this many players to leave. It’s ridiculous and a better explanation is owed.



  9. enorms
    9:17 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

    If this were happening with the men’s team, Mitch would have already been called in for a special meeting with UK’s president and board. Probably make big national news as well. A complete explanation is called for.



  10. blueballs80
    9:27 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

    Wow this is becoming the BCG debacle but only for MM. Coaches, player’s, assistants. What team will he field next year. Does he have bad anger management issues?



  11. tallyhollow
    9:36 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

    Another Joker/Billy G fiasco compliments of the intrepid Barnfart . Who’s next Stoops? Football has reached the level of not being able to hire EKU’s fired coach………who I guess was fired for losing to s………bbbbbBBBBarm



    • macsauce13
      8:55 am May 5, 2016 Permalink

      You’re too dumb to function.



  12. tallyhollow
    9:40 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

    Stoops



  13. Larry Pratt
    10:08 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

    A year ago, I would not have seen this coming. This is crazy.



  14. bbn4LIFE
    10:39 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

    They’re all quitting because mkayla will be starting all 5 positions this year cause she hoops like kobe



  15. ukbradstith
    11:00 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

    There had to be something happen. MM has been here for such a long time that if he had personality issues or other problems (like BCG) it would have already been an issue.



  16. Han
    11:47 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

    When is a former player or parent going to come out and say what’s going on?



    • ukbradstith
      11:58 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

      And why can’t someone just flat out start asking?



    • leetome
      7:58 am May 5, 2016 Permalink

      Rumor is the athlete has to sign a non disclosure to get released? Is that even legal Matt?



  17. kentuckyrld
    12:19 am May 5, 2016 Permalink

    Not that I care whether or not they have a women’s basketball team but my opinion is that the bleeding will not stop until the source of the wounds is eliminated. Apparently our “fearless” athletics director does not have the required set of guts to tackle the problem.



  18. HackRichards
    4:33 am May 5, 2016 Permalink

    OK now KSR, What the skinny on this situation. You guys always brag about “being in the know” so tell us the truth. and do not be afraid of embarrassing the Nation. We are already embarrassed.



  19. CATilactica
    6:49 am May 5, 2016 Permalink

    From the words of will smith from concussion . TELL DE TRUUUTH



  20. yarg
    8:27 am May 5, 2016 Permalink

    You really have to hope that the players/coaches left ONLY because Mitchell was an ahole towards them and that there is no major scandal looming. It’s so weird watching this after seeing him interact in a fun and playful way with his team at big blue madness every year.



  21. dale-in-orlando
    8:39 am May 5, 2016 Permalink

    It is almost time to throw in the towel on this one. I think that if there is one more player leaves, I think that is it.



    • leetome
      9:50 am May 5, 2016 Permalink

      I thought that like three players ago:(. My antenna went up however when he fired Coach House and Pillow … There was a good interview with House about Mitchell after he left saying Mitchell didn’t like hearing anything was wrong that he just wanted to be positive all the time. Looking back on the time frame, I guess that is when Mitchell was MIA with the team having family time. I still can’t believe a grown man would throw his baby “under the bus” to explain his lack if connection to his players:/ when he is paid compared to the top 8 people in his field….smh.



  22. KyDoughBoy
    8:40 am May 5, 2016 Permalink

    If you think anyone at KSR has the nuts to “investigate” then you are silly. Barnhart lovvvveesss Mitchell and won’t allow Matt or any of his comrades into their special seats or give them access. Matt will have to bring out the knee pads for forgiveness…again



  23. KyDoughBoy
    8:41 am May 5, 2016 Permalink

    However if this was any other school, matt would be foaming at the mouth and wouldve already contacted his moles



    • secrick
      9:33 am May 5, 2016 Permalink

      Why do you listen to KSR if you don’t like them i’m sure they want miss your negative attitude.



  24. ukdad
    11:04 am May 5, 2016 Permalink

    Can’t believe Jerry Tipton isn’t all over this one



    • RealCatsFan
      11:40 am May 5, 2016 Permalink

      Jerry only trolls Cal and the Men’s Basketball program.



  25. The Frizz
    7:23 pm May 5, 2016 Permalink

    We fired Billy G for doing a lot of the same, with the exception of winning. Makes you wonder how long he would have hung around if he won more games.