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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: If you could ask Mitch Barnhart 1 question…

Now that KSR has gotten pretty big, and Matt Jones and Aaron Cordero have become mega-celebrities in the state of Kentucky, access to the program has increased for our crew.  But, as the Prime Minister of Suck I don’t get that same kind of access.  Which is too bad because I would love to interview Mitch Barnhart.  Popularity has always gone up and down for Mitch, and always will for the athletic director at any school.  But, he has always come off as a nice guy who generally has given honest answers.  Which is why I would love to ask him some questions.  For instance:

FOOTBALL
1) Is there any plan to play BCS teams other than Louisville in the non-conference AND do you think that would be a good idea?

2) Your first year as AD the football team finished 7-5 and the team has not improved, record-wise, from that season since then.  Is that disappointing for you or do you think the overall program has improved in your time?

3) Any big plans for Commonwealth Stadium beyond the scoreboards and is a brand new stadium an option?

BASKETBALL
1) Even though it turned into a disaster, do you think Billy Gillispie was the right choice at the time?

2) Did Tubby Smith really find that fax to make Randolph Morris eligible, and if so, who the hell still uses fax machines?

3) If the Yum Center had not been built, would there be a push to build a new arena, or did UL’s new arena speed up that process?

Those would be my 6 questions I would want answered.  What would be your top 2-3 questions you want answered by the AD?  Maybe Matt can ask them next time him and Mitch talk.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

35 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: If you could ask Mitch Barnhart 1 question…



  1. Sexington
    9:05 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    Thongs or boyshorts?



  2. Negative Nancy
    9:14 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    I’d like to know if us real “jump out of our seat and scream our heads off” fans will ever get a shot at lower arena seats in a new arena or will that still be reserved for the rich and quiet blue hairs who seem to think they are watching tv in their living rooms.



  3. btowncatfan
    9:20 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    2. You can get seats there, as anyone can. Just donate more money.



  4. tonydelksarms
    9:21 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    what do YOU think it the one thing that hold UK football from being nationally relevant?

    If money was not a object, who would you hire, realistically to be the football coach? I asked this because in basketball, it wasn’t. Football always seems to be a issue.



  5. Always > U ..of L
    9:28 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    Will Martin Newton be your successor?
    What is your favorite secondary sport team at UK and why?



  6. Jay in Lyndon
    9:28 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    Why are the UK vs. Louisville football tickets $80? For you UofL fans that is $400 for a family of 5 to go to the game. You wonder why the game isn’t a sellout yet, you could throw a decent bash at your house for 4 hondo!



  7. Fuzzy
    9:31 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    Hey Mitch, have you ever heard of Mitch Miller? And if so, are you related?



  8. Anthony Davis Has A Posse
    9:33 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    1. Realistically, would major renovations to Rupp be enough or is a new arena in the next few years necessary?

    2. Does BTI suck?



  9. Al's IndiCats
    9:38 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    IN your honest opinion does UofL Suck?
    If the answer is yes, how bad do they suck?
    If Sucking was a collegent sport, would UofL be at the top year in and year out? I’ll hang up and listen to your answer.



  10. backagain
    9:40 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    1) Why did you not respond the Richard Cheeks petition against Tubby, while at the same time hold a press conference defending a football coach with a losing record?

    2) Why did the BCG hire not cost you your job as well?



  11. RD
    9:45 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    Why didn’t you hire John Calipari 4 yrs ago?



  12. Hoops McGee
    9:47 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    1) Has KSR ever posted what you would consider to be a “flattering” picture of you?
    2) During your tenure, has the University ever been approached with an offer to leave the SEC? If so, which conference and why not?
    3) Keeping the SEC “Jones’s” in mind, hat are your realistic expectations for the football program over the next decade?



  13. Pabloco
    9:52 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    In your opinion, do boosters, fans and administration even CARE if football is an elite sport at UK?



  14. Bringith
    9:53 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    This is a dumb post.



  15. rick
    9:54 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    1] Who gives a shit about the yum center?



  16. Bradclay
    9:55 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    where did you go to school?–“he” and Mitch, not him and Mitch. Some of us look at more than content on these boards.



  17. TreyDay
    9:55 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    What did you say to Cal to piss him off during the Final Four?
    Would you be against hiring Mike Leach to the UK football staff in the future?



  18. Just Sayin...
    9:59 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    1. What does it take to get a Calipari type hire in football?
    2. Honestly, how long does Joker get to improve the football team?
    3. What do you see as the next step in the right direction for the football program?



  19. anthonyeppsdrivingschool
    9:59 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    @5, That will never happen.



  20. DoubleZeroMostel
    10:00 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    Is Ritchie gonna play tonight?



  21. warrior
    10:12 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    Is Michael Kidd Gilchrist a warrior who will be the difference in us hanging a banner this April?



  22. The hut
    10:30 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    If you were a hotdog would you eat yourself? I would…. Cover yourself in mustard and relish



  23. Johnny Red
    10:34 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    When you are at home alone, do “play dress-up” and pretend you are Tom Jurich?



  24. kENTUCKYBOY13
    10:35 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    1. Hi Mitch long time listener, first time caller, when are you going to hire a coach who isn’t afraid to call anything other than a screen on 3rd and 10. cats by 20



  25. UKfanNKY
    10:36 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    Mitch keep doing what you are doing. If you people would just give Joker a chance I think imo he is on the right track. GO CATS RISE!!!



  26. WildcatfanEastKY
    10:45 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    How much luck do you have since you were able to keep your job after the debacle that was BCG, and how can I get some of it?



  27. BillDozer
    10:59 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    BTI…bball #1 is beating a dead horse..wasted question if you only get three.
    …bball #2. The answer is that no such fax took place. My inside source tells me that this is a fact.



  28. uklaw95
    11:01 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    Why is Jerry Tipton still allowed a press pass?



  29. bigbluemist
    11:10 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    Hey BTI-Did you forget that fball probation STARTED in 2002? To even ask the question if fball has improved is ridiculous. Scholarship reductions started in year one and hurt for the next 3-4.



  30. RLauren
    11:36 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    1. Where did you get that ugly gray suit?



  31. Brewer
    11:56 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    This is way too easy..

    1) Why did you give Tubby a contract extension he didn’t deserve?
    2) Why did you hire a HC with NO head coach experience to coach a team trying to compete in the hardest conference in college football?
    3) What have you done to deserve a contract extension?



  32. bung
    12:22 pm August 10, 2011 Permalink

    Mitch…Why no UK guys instead of bcg?



  33. stevem
    1:32 pm August 10, 2011 Permalink

    How could you, as AD,be so ignorant of UK basketball lore as to throw away the floor of venerable Memorial Coliseum in the dumpster?
    Are you just stupid?
    When will you step down as UK athletic director so that we can begin to look forward?
    Why did you apply for the Kansas AD job?
    Have you ever considered another career in light of your incompetency at your current one?
    Do you really think you’re not perceived as being of low intelligence?
    Do you know anything about finance, budgets and strategic intiatives?
    Are you as stupid as you look?



  34. stevem
    1:32 pm August 10, 2011 Permalink

    How could you, as AD,be so ignorant of UK basketball lore as to throw away the floor of venerable Memorial Coliseum in the dumpster?
    Are you just stupid?
    When will you step down as UK athletic director so that we can begin to look forward?
    Why did you apply for the Kansas AD job?
    Have you ever considered another career in light of your incompetency at your current one?
    Do you really think you’re not perceived as being of low intelligence?
    Do you know anything about finance, budgets and strategic intiatives?
    Are you as stupid as you look?



  35. Pokey Chapman
    3:41 pm August 10, 2011 Permalink

    Would you support an effort to change the football theme this year from “Rise” to “Tackle”.
    When should we anticipate at least qualifing for the SEC baseball playoffs.
    Since coming to UK would you describe your role as more leading the sports programs of the university or doing what the President allows you to.