Re: UK Football 2012
So in your esteemed position as fanatic par excellance, does Barnhart deserve credit for this hire, WMR? Because, from my vantage point, he's been AD at the time they've hired their best:
Men's basketball coach (yes, including Adolph Rupp)
Women's basketball coach
Baseball coach (twice)
Second-best football coach (Bryant number one, Brooks number two)
UK has enjoyed its most success overall (Barnhart's mission when he accepted the job, remember) since he's been AD. Women's basketball is now a Top 10 program consistently. Baseball is relevant. Golf, tennis, track, volleyball, rifle-- all are Top 25 programs or better nationally much more often under him than previous administrations. And, while I realize you don't care about the non-revenue sports, let me assure you, the university does.
Not only that, Kentucky athletics also has made more money under Barnhart than any other AD.
His teams have won-- and won clean. A basketball championship. The most sustained success in football in decades. Perhaps ever. Baseball in the NCAA field. Women's basketball in the Elite Eight. No major NCAA violations. No secondary violations that have brought any recrimations. The highest APR scores of any AD in school history.
That's a heck of a resume, IMO.
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