By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky recently finished 17th in the Director’s Cup standings that is based on how a school’s overall athletics program does on a national level. It was the third best finish ever for Kentucky and 14 of UK’s 22 teams reached NCAA play to earn points led by the rifle team winning the national title.
Give athletics director Mitch Barnhart, who recently got a nice raise but is still only middle of the pack in the Southeastern Conference when it comes to salaries, credit for putting together a great athletics program that is about much more than just men’s basketball and football. Track, volleyball and gymnastics all scored more points in the Directors Cup than men’s basketball did.
Barnhart pays attention to every sport. He sometimes has to make decisions that fans don’t always like or understand, but whatever he has been doing has been working. UK’s facilities are better and now year after year the UK athletics program ranks among the top 25 in the nation.
So whatever UK is paying Barnhart, he’s more than earning his money in my book.