UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart publicly defended the Kentucky football team’s actions at the Music City Bowl. Â We’ve now learned that he also voiced his grievances in an official letter to the Pac-12 conference.
Addressed to the Pac-12’s vice president of officiating, David Coleman, Barnhart used strong language to defend his football team. Â Here are just a few of the excerpts regarding Benny Snell’s ejection that were obtained via open records request by the Herald-Leader:
â€œWe feel great disappointment that what was supposed to be a quality bowl experience for our young people and our university was marred by these incidents.â€
â€œThe intent of the no-contact rule â€” protection of officials â€” was not adhered to in this case,â€ Barnhart said in his opening paragraphs. â€œVideo of the incident does not support the call made on the field or the statement made by the officiating crew postgame.â€
Barnhart also addressed the missed late hit that forced Stephen Johnson to temporarily exit the game with an injury. Â UK’s Orthopedic doctor was quoted,Â â€œcalling it a safety issue for both the player and those treating him.â€
Kentucky’s athletic director should be applauded for going to bat for his players. Â Barnhart has done everything in his power to make right all the Music City Bowl wrongs.
Read more of Mitch Barnhart’s Letter to the Pac-12 from the Herald-Leader.