That's why there has to be more to point guard Angela Phillips' decision to leave DeMoss' team than most of us will ever know.
Phillips had started 54 straight games and led the team in assists last season when it finished 18-16 and reached the Women's National Invitation Tournament semifinals.
The official statement was that Phillips was leaving for personal reasons. The unofficial reason has to be that there was something off the court that led DeMoss and/or Phillips to decide that it would be best to part ways even if Phillips was a fan favorite and was second on the team in minutes played last year.
Notice there has been no huge outcry for UK's other returning players, or recently departed players, about Phillips' departure. Also notice that Phillips had only good things to say about UK and DeMoss.
The guess here is that there had to be off-court issues that Phillips and DeMoss would both just as soon not reveal to all of us that led to this decision. Maybe Phillips had some academic problems. Maybe Phillips had missed practice. Maybe Phillips had violated team rules. Maybe Phillips had done things that DeMoss felt were not in the best interest of the program.
What Phillips' departure should do is send a strong message to Kentucky's other players that DeMoss knows how she wants things done on and off the court and will accept nothing less no matter how talented a certain player might be.
DeMoss has signed a big-time recruiting class, one that could help put UK on even footing with the powers in the Southeastern Conference. Those players will know now when they arrive on campus that the coach is not joking when she says she has rules that must be followed.
DeMoss also does not impress me as someone who would not give a player a second chance. Or maybe even a third chance. Like men's coach Tubby Smith, she often thinks with her heart as much as her head.
That's why there's probably a lot to Phillips' departure that we'll never know for sure. But what I do know is that DeMoss had to have a good reason for her and Phillips to reach this decision and in the long run that discipline is what it takes to have a winning program.