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By LARRY VAUGHT
What did anyone really expect Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart to say when he was asked about the year Louisville was having, which has been incredible.
Did anyone really think Barnhart would say, “Boy, they kicked our butts.” Or perhaps, “We’ll never have a year as great as the one they have had.”
No. No. No.
He’s the UK athletics director, so when he said Louisville had a “nice year,” that’s what he meant. It was not a sign of disrespect or knock to Louisville.
“At the end of the day, they’ve done some things in their major sports and they should be congratulated on that. They’ve had a nice year. What I’m proud of is the depth of our sports program and what we’ve done,” Barnhart said Tuesday.
Nothing wrong with that from what I can see.
“We’re not going to get into this back-and-forth stuff. Give them credit for what they’ve done,” Barnhart said. “They had a nice year, and that’s good for them. But I’m proud of what we’ve done. Our kids competed hard and we made significant improvements in a lot of sports and the consistency with which we’ve done on the field, on the court, those type of things, I’m really pleased with what our coaches are doing. It’s across the board. It hasn’t wavered much. There have been a couple hiccups, but we’ll get back to where we want to be. For the most part, our coaches have been rock solid.”