UK Athletic Director Gets Contract Extension

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Mitch Barnhart is getting a new five-year contract extension that will keep him as Kentucky's athletics director through 2012.

The University of Kentucky's athletics board was meeting Thursday afternoon to approve the contract, which calls for an annual base salary of $475,000, along with various incentives. Barnhart's contract was previously extended in 2005 and set to expire in 2009.

"He's done an outstanding job," university President Lee Todd Jr. said. "He's developed an experienced high level management team to lead this athletics department."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by ScareCrow Location: Oz on Dec 17, 2007 at 03:58 AM
    Spike, unfortunately our local newspaper (Herald-Leader) has this same mentality toward the athletics at UK. Let's boot Barnhart, Todd and the Herald-Leader.
  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY.BB Location: LEX,KY. on Dec 14, 2007 at 07:32 AM
    SOMETHING,SOMETHING,SOMETHING JUST AIN'T RIGHT.I AM NOT A HATER BUT KY. ATHLETICS WILL LOSE IT'S SHINE IN A SHORT TIME.BARNHART AND TODD ARE NOT INTERESTED IN MAKING KY.ATHLETICS THE ELITE.THEY ARE SATISFIED WITH THE ATHLETIC PROGRAM BEING ON THE LEVEL OF SCHOOLS LIKE VANDY,A IVY LEAGUE SCHOOL THAT MAY MAKE A SPLASH IN THE NCAA'S EVERY NOW AND THEN.THEY KNOW THEY HAVE THE ONLY SHOW IN TOWN,SO IT'S WIN,WIN FOR THEM.NEITHER HAVE A SERIOUS ATHLETIC BACKGROUND.IT WOULD BE BEAUTIFUL IF THEY WERE ON THE LEVEL LIKE THE ADMINISTRATORS AT NOTRE DAME,DUKE AND NORTH CAROLINA.LOCK IT UP,KY.ATHLETICS IS ON IT'S WAY DOWN WITH BARNHART AND TODD.THE PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS AND ATHLETIC DIRECTOR WAS THE REAL DEAL AND IN THE ATHLETIC LOOP.BILLY G WAS HIS BIGGEST MISTAKE AND WILL DRAW HIM HEAT REAL SOON.BARNHART'S BEST HIRE SINCE AD WAS COACH SKINNER,THE VOLLEYBALL COACH.KY. ATHLETICS IS BIG TIME AND DESERVE BIG TIME PEOPLE IN THOSE POSITIONS NOT ON JOB TRAINING.REAL PROSPECTS,HS COACHES SEE IT AND RECRUITERS
  • by Cat Fan Location: Lex on Dec 14, 2007 at 05:03 AM
    Coome on and lets get rid of this guy! He hasn't done anything in my opinon that warrents a contract extension. Move along Barnhart and make room for a former Cat to be the AD. That is what Kentucky Fans want.......are you listening Lee Todd?
  • by kyone Location: Berea on Dec 13, 2007 at 05:57 PM
    That is all we need, to keep this loser around for another few years. He has already hired a crappy basketball coach, and gave old man Brooks another contract. Pathetic

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