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Kentucky does not renew the contract of assistant coach Amadou

Kentucky has opted not to renew the contract of women’s basketball assistant coach Adeniyi Amadou, the Herald-Leader learned on Thursday afternoon.

Team spokesman Evan Crane confirmed the departure and said UK would have “no further comment” on the matter.

Amadou’s one-year deal with the university is set to expire on June 30, and the search for his replacement will begin immediately, Crane said.

The job, which already is posted on the UK jobs web site, has a deadline of Wednesday to apply.

Amadou joined the Cats staff in 2014 coming from Dayton and was responsible for working with the UK post players.

Several times this season, UK Coach Matthew Mitchell was complimentary of the job his assistant coaches had done this season, including Amadou.

He specifically credited Amadou with helping along players like Evelyn Akhator, Alexis Jennings, Alyssa Rice and Batouly Camara. All of them are returning to Kentucky next season.

“They’ve got a better feel for what they’re doing; they’ve got more poise and more patience,” Mitchell said of the UK post players. “People are running a lot of stuff at them, and three or four weeks ago, we just didn’t have a lot of confidence, a lot of poise.”

In recent years, Mitchell also has parted ways with assistant coaches Jeff House and Shalon Pillow. Another assistant, Danielle Santos, left for Florida State.

UK also severed ties with Christian Stefanopoulos, whom Mitchell said resigned because she was battling an undisclosed illness. The former Cats video coordinator is currently on the staff at Seton Hall.

Much was made this season of a rash of player defections from the program, including juniors Linnae Harper and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers. Transfer guard Chrishae Rowe was dismissed from the team. True freshman Morgan Rich, who wasn’t able to get cleared to practice with teammates, eventually transfered as well. The four players all left within six weeks of one another.

Little-used junior college player Ivana Jakubcova asked for and was granted her release at the end of the season.