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Changes made to UK men's basketball office

UK Men's Basketball Coach John Calipari announced some changes to the program Thursday.

Calipari said assistant coach Rod Strickland will now take on an administrative role in operations to reduce travel requirements, at his request.

The search for a new assistant coach will begin immediately.

"Rod Strickland has been a vital part of our success here at Kentucky and helped set a foundation for our program," Calipari said in a news release. "He will continue to be an integral part of our future successes in a non-coaching capacity. We expect other administrative staff changes as opposing schools fill their vacant basketball staff positions."

Also announced Thursday, UK Deputy Athletics Director Rob Mullens will now be serving as the day-to-day administrator for men's basketball, in addition to his current role as chief operating officer.

"As we continue to pursue the opportunities that go along with being the winningest program in the history of college basketball, it is important that our department provides the administrative support to help it run as efficiently as possible," UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said in a news release. "Rob Mullens has provided Kentucky Athletics with first-class, professional support in all areas during the last eight years. Working with Wildcat basketball on a daily basis will allow him to help us keep pace with the ever-changing world of college athletics."

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