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Matthew Mitchell on the state of UK Hoops (Wednesday Show Thread)


It’s been a rough few days — nay, a rough eight months — for the UK Hoops program, and after one current player, two future players, and one assistant severed ties with the team this week, head coach Matthew Mitchell is coming on the show to address it. Tune in at 10:30 a.m. to hear Mitchell discuss the state of the program before his press conference this afternoon.

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57 Comments for Matthew Mitchell on the state of UK Hoops (Wednesday Show Thread)

  1. UK_JB
    9:48 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

    How many hoops players will we lose during today’s show? I’ll be interested to hear what Matthew Mitchell says. I am sure Ryan may know. #ScoopLemond

    Anyone who went to Pearl Jam, did you all enjoy it?

    • ukjaybrat
      10:21 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

      I don’t know if we’ll learn anything today. i actually think the announcement at 1:30 is to announce the new assistant hire.

      I really don’t know if I WANT to know at this point. i mean the only person left in the program is Mitchell himself. What could he possibly have done?

  2. Realme
    10:18 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

    Love Empty Suit Guy. What a nut.

    • J-Dub421
      10:20 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

      Listening to Matt & Ryan giggle like school girls over his calls is hilarious though.

  3. RealCatsFan
    10:20 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

    It will be interesting to see if Mitchell confronts the issue head on or tries to spin it and gloss it over. Something is definitely amiss, and if it is not addressed quickly that program is going to implode.

    • ukjaybrat
      10:22 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

      “that program is going to implode.”

      It hasn’t already ?

    • Larry Pratt
      12:00 pm April 27, 2016 Permalink

      Why, Brat, you are being so negative!!

    • ukjaybrat
      12:13 pm April 27, 2016 Permalink

      LDS calling me out for being negative? now that’s just rich !

    • Larry Pratt
      12:36 pm April 27, 2016 Permalink

      That was a negative statement. You are supposed to be the unapologetically positive sycophant. And I’m not a Mormon.

    • Larry Pratt
      12:39 pm April 27, 2016 Permalink

      And , now all of my comments will be awaiting moderation.

    • ukjaybrat
      12:42 pm April 27, 2016 Permalink

      dude go troll someone else. i don’t care

    • Larry Pratt
      12:45 pm April 27, 2016 Permalink

      You are the troll. You made a negative comment, and that’s fine. Because you made it. Troll. And you do care. You care a whole big bunch.

    • Larry Pratt
      12:46 pm April 27, 2016 Permalink

      How about you show the women’s program some of that blind loyalty? Don’t be so negative. Let’s let Mitchell fix this. Be positive.

  4. RealCatsFan
    10:25 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

    Yep, Pearl Jam rocked out last night! Loved it – nothing like 90’s rock.

  5. Realme
    10:34 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

    Love coach whenever he’s on the show, hope he just gives real answers here.

  6. RealCatsFan
    10:35 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

    … and here comes the spin.

  7. Owensboro80
    10:39 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

    You can hear him getting wayyy too defensive. Dancing around the questions

  8. Laker Cat 18
    10:39 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

    So basically, he is asking some assistants to resign instead of firing them in this staff re-evaluation. Based on that, we are losing recruits and current players. Am I understanding that right?

    I am assuming he may have wanted to get rid of one assistant and the other assistants didn’t agree with it, started a domino effect? That may be close.

    • Laker Cat 18
      10:41 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

      The new assistant that joined happened immediately after the first one left. Like it had been worked out already. Move one out to bring one in. The others didn’t agree with it. That has to be pretty close to accurate.

  9. Owensboro80
    10:41 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

    “Not the place where she wanted to be” Ok……

  10. Owensboro80
    10:42 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

    Same saying applies here as it does in the workplace…. people dont leave jobs, they leave because of the people

    • RealCatsFan
      10:57 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

      In some cases that is true, but in others people leave for a variety of reasons: they want a job with more flexibility to spend time with family, they want something closer to home, they found a job that pays better or has better benefits, they are interested in just doing something different – and many more. Not saying that the UK Hoops issues are not related to personnel, just that you can’t speak in generalities.

    • Owensboro80
      12:28 pm April 27, 2016 Permalink

      So sorry I was wrong on a free blog

    • Look Out Fireworks
      12:44 pm April 27, 2016 Permalink

      So sorry you took offense to someone’s comment, adding information and reflecting upon your own, on a free blog.

  11. onsides
    10:42 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

    Not buying it.

  12. Realme
    10:45 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

    Basically we’re getting no explanation and so far no reason to feel positive about things getting back on track.

  13. RealCatsFan
    10:47 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

    Well, let’s look on the bright side – at least he is not telling us about a skank that he nailed in a restaurant or wrecking his Harley with a blonde on the back. 😀

  14. Seven Ate Nine
    10:50 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

    It seems like Coach Mitchell isn’t even really answering the questions – “Why did X player/assistant leave?” ” Because she didn’t want to be here anymore.” Yes coach, but WHY didn’t she want to be here? That’s the issue that needs to be addressed. Couple that with how defensive and self-righteous he’s getting with the whole “They’re people! These are people’s lives!” argument, I’d say he’s definitely happy to keep some things in the dark.

    • InEnemyTerritory
      11:37 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

      In Mitchell’s defense, it isn’t really his place to say why a person chose to leave. If you want to know why x player/assistant left, you need to ask that person. Anything else is just hearsay and speculation. I do think he is happy to keep some things in the dark because some things just frankly aren’t anyone else’s business. If there is something illegal going on, then yes it should be brought to light, but if it is just personality conflicts and internal squabbles, then keep it in the locker room.

    • ukjaybrat
      11:39 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

      haven’t heard anything yet because i’m so late im just podcasting it later. but i have to agree with enemy tettitory. as much as we WANT to know what’s going on, unless it is breaking the rules or illegal, it REALLY ISN’T our business.

      However, the fact we haven’t even gotten a sniff of anything on twitter or whatever leads me to believe this is something a little more than just difference of opinions. but only time will tell i guess

  15. Owensboro80
    10:51 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

    Just remember… “these are peoples lives”..yeah but you might have ruined a part of it by running them off?

  16. Wow, this guy is a prophet (posted yesterday):

    inside info2 April 26, 2016 at 10:32 pm | Permalink | Reply
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    Tomorrow’s Interview:

    Matt: So, Coach, you know we love you, right? I mean, you’ve done great things here. (5 more minutes of fluff). But, I gotta ask you, what is going on with the program?

    Coach Mitchell: Well Matt, I appreciate the question. And as you know, we’ve made some changes. These changes are never easy. People’s lives are affected. Some of the decisions are tough. And we’ve made some tough ones. And some things just didn’t work out like we wanted them too. But we really are proud of what we’ve accomplished here. And we are looking forward to getting back out on the court and bringing a championship to the University.

    Matt: That’s great to hear Coach. So, what do you plan to dance to at Big Blue Madness this year?

  17. dgtuk
    10:59 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

    This interview reminds me of the Mike and Mike interview of Pitino. Softballs for everyone. No follow-up to get a direct answer to a question.

  18. ukkatzfan
    11:03 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

    With Mitch being quiet(as far as I know), isn’t that a positive sign that all is okay? If there was an issue, wouldn’t Mitch have already spoken?

    • ukjaybrat
      11:05 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

      or a pessimist could say that the situation is much worse than we could imagine and mitch is keeping his mouth shut before he digs himself in a hole… doubtful, but just saying

  19. Catlogic15
    11:08 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

    I see Matthew Mitchell can still dance.

  20. dgtuk
    11:09 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

    Have to adjust my earlier comments…the questions got better. The coach simply didn’t answer them…just like a politician. Disappointing coach. Not sure anyone feels any better about things.

  21. kentuckyrld
    11:15 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

    OK. This is women’s “basketball”. It is not like it a real sport and it is not like it matters. Let’s move on and talk about something important like real basketball and football. Well, real basketball anyway. This joke they call women’s “basketball” simply does not matter. Move along. There is nothing to see here.

    • playmorezeppelin
      11:21 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

      No one is forcing you to pay attention. How about you move along.

    • J-Dub421
      11:26 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

      Way to be a sexist kentuckyrld.

    • Booby Petrino
      11:27 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

      Your comment is a joke, how about you move along? Obviously lots of us care. If you don’t, tune out.

    • ukjaybrat
      11:29 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

      at least you’re going to win something:
      Most un-liked comment of the day

    • Laker Cat 18
      11:30 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

      I used to not care about women’s basketball. That changed when Coach Mitchell got here and we started to be in the top 25 consistently. I don’t look forward to their games like I do the UK men’s, but if I run across them on the tube, I’ll stop.

    • RealCatsFan
      11:37 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

      I’m going to go out on a limb here and take a guess that kentuckyrld doesn’t think other women’s sports like volleyball, soccer, softball, etc., are “real sports” either. People who say this obviously have no idea about the kind of work and dedication that is involved to play ANY sport at a high level. Most people who say things like this are former weekend warriors who are now fat and out of shape and probably couldn’t keep up with any of these female athletes in a mile run.

    • Owensboro80
      12:29 pm April 27, 2016 Permalink

      Who cares…people are entitled to their opinions..keyboard warriors

    • ukjaybrat
      1:06 pm April 27, 2016 Permalink

      kentuckyrld is entitled to his sexist opinion, and the rest of us are entitled to the opinion that he is a jerk and you probably are too for defending him…

    • bluetide
      1:43 pm April 27, 2016 Permalink

      I agree that there is no reason to care about Women’s Basketball but not for Kentuckyrld’s sexist reasons but rather that unless you are UCONN you probably shouldn’t bother, and unless you are Tennesee, Notre Dame, Baylor, South Carolina, oe Texas A&M you REALLY shouldnt bother. Nothing in that aport but forgone conclusions.

    • CatGotMyTongue
      8:55 pm April 27, 2016 Permalink

      KentuckyRLD is an even bigger joke on CatsIllustrated. I’ve never seen a worse succession of takes than this guy. Also the epitome of a fair-weather bandwagon fan. Too much suckitude.

  22. jman3715
    11:17 am April 27, 2016 Permalink

    Sounds like the coaching staff was fighting and was a mess. Players left because mom & dad were fighting and it was not a great place to be.

  23. Laker Cat 18
    12:12 pm April 27, 2016 Permalink

    Random Question: Anyone know the Shari’s Berries KSR code?

    • ukjaybrat
      12:17 pm April 27, 2016 Permalink

      last year it was “KSR” … not sure if it’s still the same or not

    • Owensboro80
      12:30 pm April 27, 2016 Permalink

      Just use any one..all they get is a certain % thats why they want you to use theirs..find one on google

    • Laker Cat 18
      12:58 pm April 27, 2016 Permalink

      Thank you! My lady’s BD is tomorrow. I always wait too late.

  24. Look Out Fireworks
    12:48 pm April 27, 2016 Permalink

    Coach kept talking about what a great place Kentucky is, yet these players/coaches all decided it wasn’t for them. My question would have been, “If UK is such a great place and great program, hypothetically speaking, hypothetically speaking, why would these players and coaches feel differently?”

    He doesn’t have to be specific, but what about the program could, possibly, turn people away?

  25. Souf beach Lou
    1:18 pm April 27, 2016 Permalink

    Does anyone else hate that caller “the preacher”? The words arrogant Sanctimonious narcissist always come to mind when he calls