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Links: SEC Digital Network sits down with UK's Henderson, Garrison

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Gary Henderson is entering his fourth season as head coach of UK baseball. (UK Athletics) Gary Henderson is entering his fourth season as head coach of UK baseball. (UK Athletics)
I linked yesterday to Sean Cartell's piece with UK rifle head coach Harry Mullins, but that wasn't all Cartell did during his time in Lexington.

First, he sat down with UK baseball head coach Gary Henderson for a series of questions and answers. In it, Henderson talked about the fall, playing in the nation's toughest conference and some of his players' success in summer leagues. Make sure to read the full Q&A, but here are a couple highlights:

SEC Digital Network: What do you believe your strengths of your team this upcoming year?

Gary Henderson: "I think it's early, but I'm really hopeful that infield defense and depth on the mound are going to be some things that we can rely on. We're going to hit again, that part's pretty clear. We knew that coming in that we were going to have another good offensive club. How good, you don't know; just exactly how well balanced you're going to be, you don't know, because some of the younger guys have got to prove it first. We'll be another good offensive club, as are most clubs in our league and then it comes down to how well you play infield defense and how much pitching depth you have. It always comes down to that."

SEC Digital Network: What do you feel are the unique strengths of the University of Kentucky that benefit your baseball program?

Gary Henderson: "Kids love to go to school here. Lexington is a great town; we would argue that it's the best town in the league and there are some people that would agree with us. It's a great place to go to school. The academic experience that our kids have here on campus is second to none. We love the town. [Athletics director] Mitch's [Barnhart] commitment to an overall department is fantastic and there is a tremendous sense of community and a tremendous sense of being a Wildcat on campus."

Next up was an interview with brand new UK gymnastics head coach Tim Garrison. Garrison is coming off six successful seasons as an assistant at Nebraska and talked in the Q&A about adjusting to his new gig, his new team and his new surroundings. Here is an excerpt:

SEC Digital Network: How much does the support that you receive from your administration help your program moving forward?

Tim Garrison: "The support from our administration is unparalleled from what I've seen and from what I've heard from talking to other people. When you've got our athletic director and associate athletic directors coming into the gym to watch workouts, and come to our competitions, they are willing to give us everything we need to be successful and they've said that. The support is unreal."

SEC Digital Network: You still have a few months before your season begins in January, but how much excitement do you sense there is on your team for the start of competition?

Tim Garrison: "I don't think they know how excited they should be right now because they're in the grind, they're in the trenches of working hard. They're tired, they're sore and I think they've got a little bit of blinders on at this point because, right now, they're all those things and they don't see the product. They don't see the finish line just yet, which is great. The thing is, we're throwing curve balls at them all the time; they're going to be so ready for competition that I really think them understanding exactly where we're headed and what we're going to do is huge. When they get in a facility where there's 10,000 people watching and there's pressure and we're trying to qualify for something or beat a team that just opened the door for us, we're going to be able to do that. We're going to be able to walk right through that door."

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