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Mitch Barnhart says Benny Snell did not deserve ejection


UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart has now joined the crowd of people who have been very outspoken about Benny Snell’s ejection from the Music City Bowl.

Barnhart released a series of tweets Wednesday afternoon to say he doesn’t believe Snell deserved the ejection, and it cost the fans from seeing one of the best backs in the country versus an excellent Northwestern team.

“While this is not something I would typically comment on,” Barnhart wrote. “I feel it is important to do so since Benny’s intentions and character have been called into question.”

Read his full comments:

Much has been made of the ejection of Benny Snell last week. While this is not something I would typically comment on, I feel it is important to do so since Benny’s intentions and character have been called into question.

Benny, who has been a quality young man in our program, has my full support and the support of Coach Stoops and our football program.

Benny’s frustration and his passion for the game are why he reacted the way he did, but he was not deserving of an ejection. It is unfortunate our fans didn’t get to see one of the best running backs in the country play against an excellent Northwestern team.

Our team is worthy of praise for their preparation for the bowl and their response to adversity in the game. I know Benny and his teammates are excited to get back to work and continue to make the #BBN proud in 2018. #WeAreUK

You know it’s a bad call when Mitch Barnhart feels the need to say something.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

9 responses to “Mitch Barnhart says Benny Snell did not deserve ejection”

  1. Realme

    Nice to hear someone official say something true about the situation.

    1. runningunnin.454

      Absolutely!

  2. JTT15

    Chris Coyte should be reprimanded in some form. Best case is have his ability to officiate revoked!! Worst ever!

    1. runningunnin.454

      Absolutely!

    2. CombatMedic_98

      Amen to that. You see in the replay his reaction was emotional and personal… he should never referee another college game EVER!

    3. J-Dub421

      Coyte is a liar. He said Benny shoved him. We’ve all seen the video. There was no shove.

  3. Jester

    When even fans/writers associated with schools like Alabama are saying it was a bitch move by the idiotic ref, you know it had to be bad. The guy is a joke, and shouldn’t even be officiating a Pop Warner game.

  4. ClutchCargo

    Even if there was something Barnhart could do, he wouldn’t. All talk.

  5. jcmw

    Mr. Barnhart, are you going to follow through? Are you writing to the NCAA? The SEC? You certainly had many coaches behind Mr. Snell, not to mention most of the country! They had his back, why haven’t you done something? Step up! Let the BBN know you are earning your keep as AD! Do Something about this, please!