Wow. From your article, the main points:
Iíve been told Barnhart and Cunningham are two of three finalists targeted by the six-member Kansas AD search panel, which is chaired by the managing partner of Pegasus Capital Management, Ray Evans.
As it pertains to Barnhart, Iíve been told there are three main factors fueling the interest of Kansas officials in the current UK AD.
1) Barnhartís experience presiding over a traditional, powerhouse basketball program.
2) Barnhartís reputation for integrity - in the wake of the Kansas ticket scandal and other impropriety that plagued the late stages of the Perkinsí regime.
3) Barnhartís stellar reputation as one of the top fundraisers in the college athletics.
So Kansas liked him because he was good at presiding over basketball, having integrity, and he made money. FIRE HIM NOW, DAGNABBIT!!!
Some other interesting observations, re: why Barnhart would have wanted to leave Kentucky for Kansas, again, from the article:
1) The Kansas AD gig is a great job and heís originally from the state. He was born in Kansas City and graduated from Ottawa (KS) University.
2) Landing the Kansas job would almost certainly involve a raise from Barnhartís current base salary, which was $475,000 according to the Kentucky state employee database for 2010. Barnhart has earned considerable money in bonuses over the years, including $30,000 if the Wildcats made a bowl game.
Lew Perkins reportedly made an astounding $4.4 million his final full year on the job as KU AD - but much of that money was via bonuses derived from private funds. Perkins base salary was reportedly $800,000 at the time of his ouster.
3) Barnhartís concerned, for obvious reasons, that the recruiting methods of John Calipari may soon begin to reflect poorly on the school and his own reputation.
On the latter point, by no means am I implying that Barnhart is attempting to escape UK before the schoolís basketball program encounters NCAA sanctions. Thatís not the case.
This is more a function of Barnhart tiring of the constant sparring with the NCAA and negative media coverage that inevitably follows John Calipari wherever he goes. (Ironic though as it was Barnhart who hired Calipari.)
So he'd leave because he might want to go home, he might get a substantial raise (more than four million per year, if I read that right), and he's worried about the NCAA snooping around Calipari.
So, just for the record, the reasons why this is some sort of smoking gun are:
1) Barnhart is really good at his job, both as a fundraiser and a basketball-first AD (something that others on this board have denied).
2) Barnhart is recognized as a person who won't cheat or cut corners.
3) Barnhart has the temerity to (maybe) want to go home and make a few million dollars more than he's making now.
How... dare... he?