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Matthew Mitchell pens open letter to UK Hoops fans

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Matthew Mitchell addressed the issues with UK Hoops head on in an open later to the fans of his program today.

In it, Coach Mitchell says it’s impossible for him to know every detail of UK Hoops’ recent downward spiral, but he believes he will learn from it and, when it’s all said and done, it will make him a better coach.

Some of the blame, he says, is on him thinking some aspects of coaching are “automatic” due to previous success:

Since the last time I spoke publicly on April 27, much has happened in our program. I have to be honest, there have been some very, very difficult moments these past two weeks. Players transferring, recruits decommitting and a complete turnover of our coaching staff was not what I had hoped for nor expected at the end of the 2015-16 season. All of that happening put our remaining players, our remaining staff, the media and our loyal and devoted fans in a state of confusion.

I have had to look in the mirror and ask myself an important question, “How did all of this happen?” How could we have success in the classroom, in our community and on the court during the 2015-16 season and simultaneously have players and coaches wanting to leave at an alarming rate?

While it’s impossible for me to know every detail, what I do know is this: through all of the upheaval and all of the painful moments, I have learned lessons that will stay with me forever and will ultimately make me a much better coach.

Among the many things that I have learned in this experience, there is one that really sticks out that I want to share with you. Upon much reflection, I now know that over the past four years there were certain things that I thought had become automatic in our program because of our previous success. I’m not talking about “kicking back, not working and believing things would just happen” kind of automatic. Many players, coaches and support staff have worked very hard over the past four years. We achieved results in the classroom and on the court that most programs would be very pleased with.

Read the entire letter here.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

6 Comments for Matthew Mitchell pens open letter to UK Hoops fans

  1. Musehobo
    4:07 pm May 13, 2016 Permalink

    You buried the lede Drew. The next paragraph is really where he explains what that last (bold) sentence means.

    “What I now clearly see is my failure to get what was in my head and in my heart to enough people to prevent something like this from happening. Good intentions are worthless if they are not communicated effectively. I needed to be more involved in the details of our success and communicate that to people more effectively. I am grateful to so many people who have taken the time to listen, provide constructive criticism and share wisdom gained from their experience in an effort to help me improve.”

    • Drew Franklin
      4:09 pm May 13, 2016 Permalink

      I can’t copy and paste the whole thing.

      Well, I guess I can but it’s probably frowned upon.

    • whatwasthat
      4:49 pm May 13, 2016 Permalink

      Drew, aside from eaten ice cream, you do ok.

    • hossmobile
      4:52 pm May 13, 2016 Permalink

      Na bro, just take it all.

    • whatwasthat
      6:22 pm May 13, 2016 Permalink

      ^^ eating. ^ he did lol.

  2. TonyMontana
    4:51 pm May 13, 2016 Permalink

    October 15 – Chrishae Rowe – Dismissed
    October 26 – Linnae Harper – Transfer
    November 3 – Morgan Rich – Transfer
    November 30 – Kyvin Goodin-Rogers – Transfer
    March 29 – Ivana Jakubcova – Transfer
    April 14 – Assistant Coach Amadou Leaves
    April 25 – Batouly Camara – Transfer
    April 25 – Assistant Coach Williams-Jeter Leaves
    April 25 – 4-Star Madison Treece Decommits
    April 26 – All-American Lindsey Corsaro Decommits
    April 27 – Assistant Coach Whitaker Leaves
    May 4th – Alexis Jennings Transfer
    May 9th – 4-Star Lindsey Duvall Decommits