Barnhart’s Message to Kentucky Coaches Worth a Second Look

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Sports Illustrated

By Pat Forde The public discourse between John Calipari and Mark Stoops did not sit well with the Wildcats’ normally quiet AD. Mitch Barnhart has logged two decades of good work as a college administrator while functioning as a near-hermit. He’s the dean of Southeastern Conference athletic directors, he’s been the chair of the NCAA men’s basketball selection committee, he’s built a top-10 all-sports department at Kentucky—plenty on the résumé to warrant a high profile. Yet he’s never warmed to a spokesperson role in the industry. Attend SEC spring meetings and he will scurry past the media tha…

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