I took an Uber across Louisville the morning of the Kentucky Derby. The moment the car picked me up, the driver asked me where I am from — a go-to conversation starter for two complete strangers in a confined space. I told him Lexington. He then asked, “What in the world is going on with Matthew Mitchell?”
That was our conversation. In Louisville. On Derby morning. The driver did not want to talk about the races, my plans once I got to Churchill Downs, how
handsome hungover I looked, my picks in the Derby race or the perfect weather. He wanted to talk about UK women’s basketball. That’s not normal.
So, what in the world is going on with Matthew Mitchell?
It’s the million-dollar question these days. The answer: Nobody outside of the locker room truly knows.
Today we heard from Coach Mitchell and Lindsey Corsaro, the McDonald’s All-American who asked out of her Letter of Intent to Kentucky last month. They both opened up about the black cloud hovering over UK Hoops, yet we still don’t have an actual answer as to how that cloud formed.
Beginning with Corsaro’s quote to espnW, she said there was a “culture change” in the program. “Girls who didn’t fall in line with that culture left,” she said. Okay. But what does that mean? What was the culture change? Miss Corsaro doesn’t owe us an explanation, nor should she be expected to give us one, but somebody should. Elaborate, please.
Then came Matthew Mitchell’s letter to Big Blue Nation. I read it several times and did not come away with any better of an idea of the problem than I did when I woke up this morning. It was good that he spoke up, but even after the letter, we are still left with our arms in the air, wondering what in the hell is going on.
This past season I went to several UK Hoops games, maybe more than every other year of my life, combined. I’ve become a huge fan of the program. I thoroughly enjoy the games and the experience in Memorial Coliseum. Makayla Epps is a blast to watch. Evelyn Akhator is a product of Franklin family coaching. I shot arrows at Maci Morris. It’s so much fun and I hate to see the current struggles. But the struggle is real and we’re all left in the dark as to why.
I speak for the entire KSR office when I say we really like Matthew Mitchell and want it to work out for him. He’s a great guy and a friend to us. One of the best guest hosts the show’s ever had. But the letter he wrote today was a lot of words with no real explanation of the problem. We understand he is going through tough times and it’s good to know he is still holding his head high through the support of his fans and his faith. It’s good to know this experience will make him a better coach in the long run. It’s good to know he’s determined more than ever to make this thing work. We are #TeamMitchell in life and on the court.
But when will someone tell us how it all got here in the first place? The real reason. Not the vague “culture change” and “failed communication.”
What changed? What communication failed? How did that communication fail?
As my Uber driver asked, “What in the world is going on?”