Tag Archive: Mitch Barnhart

Barnhart pleased with Stoops’ recruiting, energy

Mitch Barnhart (Vicky Graff Photo)
Mitch Barnhart (Vicky Graff Photo)

Mitch Barnhart (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Two years ago when Kentucky got off to a blistering start, Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart gave coach Mark Stoops a midseason contract extension. Yet he’s still waiting for Stoops to get Kentucky to a bowl game.

“Clearly we want to continue to recruit and be at a level of bringing people into our program that give us a chance to succeed. Mark has done that. He and the staff have recruited at a high level for us, some of the highest recruiting classes that we’ve ever had in the history of the program,” Barnhart said.

Karem appreciates what Barnhart did for UK pioneers

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kudos again to the University of Kentucky for honoring four players — Nate Northington, Greg Page, Wilbur Hackett and Houston Hogg — who integrated Southeastern Conference football in the last 1960’s with the UK preseason schedule poster.

The foursome will also have a statue honoring them unveiled at Commonwealth Stadium Sept. 22 before UK hosts South Carolina Sept. 24.

The poster, which was distributed free to fans at Kroger stores across the state, featured four players from this year’s team in poses modeled after the statue.

Talent upgrade, coaching hires impressed UK media members

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)
Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During this offseason time for both Kentucky football and basketball, I decided to consult some of my media friends for their insights/perspective on the UK football team and what might lie ahead during the 2016 season.

Here’s part one of a series of questions I posed to those who regularly cover Kentucky football.

Question: What impressed you the most about Kentucky’s spring practice?

Barnhart to Mitchell: Stabilize program, make improvements now

Mitch Barnhart (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Mitch Barnhart (Wade Upchurch Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During his 45-minute press conference Wednesday detailing the turmoil in the women’s basketball program, coach Matthew Mitchell revealed what athletics director Mitch Barnhart had said to him — or at least some of what Barnhart said.

“I sense that there is urgency from Mitch that we want our kids and players to be in a stable situation. I think he has that wish for our program and every other program,” Mitchell said. “I have never been around an athletic director that cares more about these young people as individuals and I have said this many times, he knows every athlete in this department and knows her story or his story. He has a tremendous heart for people.

Barnhart to NCAA committee: Seeding needs to be more transparent and standarized

Mitch Barnhart (Wade Upchurch Photo)
Mitch Barnhart (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Mitch Barnhart (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart wrote the following letter on the NCAA Tournament selection process on Monday.

“Our NCAA Tournament draw has, suffice to say, been quite the topic of conversation over the last 24 hours. On that subject, I agree with and fully support our coach.

“Rather than breaking down brackets and making our case, I believe it’s more productive to look ahead. In short, I believe the process of selecting NCAA Tournament teams must be both more transparent and more standardized. The Selection Committee has made progress by revealing the S Curve after the bracket is announced, but it should consider following the lead of the College Football Playoff Committee and release updates prior to Selection Sunday.