"I think all of these events are really a culmination of us trying to improve the program to get better," Mitchell said. "As Kyra [Elzy] left for Tennessee and Matt [Insell] left for Ole Miss, we've been trying to recreate that and it's been hard for me and I think that's what my responsibility is. I've got to do a good job of making sure we have some stability on the staff. That's 100% on me."
So...what are we supposed to make of the three assistants that just left?
"Well, one situation is I didn't renew a contract and that is me deciding that the coach [Amadou] and I are not going to go forward and renew the contract, and that's between that coach and me," Mitchell said. "The other two coaches [Tamika Williams-Jeter and Camryn Whitaker] decided they didn't want to be here. I explained their value and what they could do at Kentucky and they decided that wanted to be elsewhere."
There have been rumblings on social media from former players that Mitchell is too hard on his players, which Mitchell denied has any impact on the departures.
"I do not. I have been a demanding coach, but as I said, we -- every practice has been open. I have certainly grown as a coach and in my younger days -- have I learned how to be a better coach? There's no question about it. The intensity that you have as a young coach, do you learn how to be more effective with that? You do. I make no bones about being a tough coach and a coach that is intense, but I love our players. We've had great success here."
When pressed, Mitchell refused to pin this on one situation or incident, instead preaching the need for stability.
"I understand that it doesn’t look good and I understand that there are things on social media that you want this all buttoned up and I understand that our entire staff left, but I can’t really deal – those are people’s lives they want to live and what I need to do now as we turn the page here and move forward is make certain we are getting closer to people who want to be in the building."
"Ultimately, it's all on me because I'm making the decisions to bring people here," Mitchell said. "We need to get it better and we need to get it more right than we’ve gotten it. We have to. That’s 100% on me. I have to build a staff where we can have a level of stability going from year to year."
"The seven players that are in that locker room right now that are on campus are absolutely the kind of people we want in that program and I’ve got to make sure I’m there for them."
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