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Remembering Matthew Mitchell’s Last Win

If the only two things Matthew Mitchell had ever done during his time as Kentucky women’s basketball coach was dance at Big Blue Madness and do a hilarious weekly coach’s show it would’ve still been a memorable tenure. Now it goes without saying that if those were the only two things he had done well he wouldn’t have ever made it to year 13. It is, after all, a results-oriented profession.
He was very good at getting desired results to the tune of 303 wins, nine trips to the NCAA Tournament, three Elite Eight appearances and 20 or more wins in 10 of his 13 seasons.
As we all know, on Thursday, Mitchell decided to retire and resign, effective immediately, due to the lingering effects of his injury and subsequent brain surgery as the result of the fall he had while hiking.
Obviously we didn’t know it at the time, but it’s only fitting to look back at what would be his last win as the Kentucky women’s basketball coach. Flashback to March 6, 2020 and the SEC Women’s Tournament Quarterfinal match up against the Tennessee Lady Vols.

It was a wire to wire beatdown of Tennessee. Mitchell spent time there cutting his coaching teeth as a grad assistant. The illustrious history of the Tennessee program speaks for itself. To see the Cats have their way like that against them on that March evening in Greenville, SC was really fun to watch. It’s been a tough week for the BBN. With Mitchell stepping away, and UK offensive line coach John Schlarman passing away, Thursday was arguably the toughest day for the University and fan base since Jared Lorenzen’s passing on July 3, 2019.


In a unique parallel, Schlarman’s last game was also a wire to wire beatdown of the Vols.  
We all know, especially those of us who grew up on the Kentucky-Tennessee border, . . . we know how special that is.


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Vinny Hardy
Vinny Hardy was born and raised in southeastern Kentucky (Harlan County, Lynch to be exact). In the past he has written for and contributed to a variety of media outlets including: theisn.net, Bleacher Report, Wildcat Blue Nation and Cameron Mills Radio. In addition to Just the Cats, he hosts Cats Talk Wednesday with Terry Brown on Blog Talk Radio and the Bleav in Kentucky Podcast with UK legend Tony Delk on the Bleav Podcast Network. His other favorite teams are the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Braves and Houston Rockets. He lives in Morristown, TN with his wife Katie and sons Micah and Chandler.

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