Kentucky AD has signaled a message for John Calipari, Mark Stoops

Mitch Barnhart has logged two decades of good work as a college administrator while performing almost like a hermit. He’s the doyen of the Southeastern Conference athletic directors, he’s been the chairman of the NCAA men’s basketball selection committee, he’s built a top-10 all-sports department in Kentucky, plenty on the resume to ensure a high profile. However, he has never been enthusiastic about the role of spokesperson in the industry.

Attend the SEC’s spring meetings and you’ll slip through the media who are left waiting for the ADs to emerge. With his eyes on the floor, he is averse to the grip and smile nature of the event. He has mastered the art of boring excellence since 2002, saying something noteworthy about once a decade.

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