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Mitch Barnhart is not in favor of the SEC going to 9 league games


File this one under news that shouldn’t be surprising: Mitch Barnhart is not in favor of the SEC adding a league game to increase the conference schedule to nine.

Since the SEC expanded to fourteen teams and the SEC Network has become a reality, it has been rumored that ESPN may urge the league to increase the number of conference games from eight to nine. For obvious reasons, Mitch told the Herald-Leader he is not a fan of that proposal:

“Nine (league) games is not something we favor. I do not think a nine-game schedule would serve Kentucky well.

“History says it’s very difficult for us to have the level of depth, the second, third, fourth lines of players, that some of the other schools in our league have just as a means of their in-state recruiting situations. When we have to play a long line of league games, it’s a grind, our teams can get beaten up physically. It’s better for us, for our players, when the schedule allows us to have some so-called breathers, so that our kids can sort of restore themselves physically in-season.”

In related news, grass is green and people really don’t like to spend a lot of time in shark-infested waters.

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20 Comments for Mitch Barnhart is not in favor of the SEC going to 9 league games

  1. raekwon
    7:36 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Yup. Mitch would prefer 6 1-AA games and 6 SEC games because he thinks a 6-6 team in late December bowl games is awesome. Oh wait, that thing in the 1st week of January was a bowl game too in Joker’s 1st year. Directional Compass bowl or something………

  2. UK Homer
    7:45 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    9 game SEC season? The years where we have 5 of those away from home will be brutal. That said, I’d still rather play the best. The more top 10 opponents we play, the larger the chance of an upset each season – those are the moments I remember most about UK football.

  3. Boogie
    7:46 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Personally, I would not mind playing another SEC game. I just don’t like Barnhart’s attitude saying that we aren’t tough enough to compete with the best. Recruits know what conference they are signing up to play in when they commit. I’d rather watch us play a good old fashioned physical game with South Carolina, Texas A&M, Missouri, ect. But I do understand where he is coming from.

  4. John
    7:54 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    It’s one thing to think it…it’s something else to publicly say it. Note to self: never spend time in a foxhole with Mitch.

  5. 84Cat
    8:00 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    4: Exactly! I agree with Mitch but he needs to STHU.

  6. John
    8:02 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Glad our AD bought into the new era of UK football….he could have gained some support by simply saying, “bring it. We are ready to play anybody, anytime.” Instead, we get the epitome of mediocrity in that statement….reigning endorsement for all the pansies that support a move to the MAC

  7. TimetoManUP!
    8:28 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Its a good thing Barnhart finally got with it by hiring a coach with some real potential like Stoops. If UK still had Joker and the SEC was contemplating going to 9 nine games then there would be huge problems. With Stoops UK might actually be able to do really well some years with a nine game schedule. The players are going to have some type of an impact but the system in and of itself is what is really going to make all the difference for UK when it comes to football.

  8. Catlogic15
    8:52 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Mitch is correct and being honest. UK is young in it’s new initiative and throwing another SEC game into the mix at this embryonic stage doesn’t make business sense, nor would it be fair to the new staff.

  9. Derp!
    8:58 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    8- The same could be said about almost every UK team. Quit being a sorry ass.

  10. BillyBob
    9:23 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    How can you market to recruits “Come play with us in the greatest league there is”, and then be scared to play in it?

  11. claiborne_field
    9:36 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    It’s that kind of attitude that keeps Kentucky down in football. Who would you rather see- UK vs another SEC West school or Samford… Not everyone os interested in the Liberty Bowl every year Mitch, just good football. Step up man.

  12. Biff Switters
    3:15 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    No matter how hard the bball schedule gets (admittedly very strong non-conference this next year) it will never come close to difficulty exhibited by our football schedule. Folks get upset about the 6-6. Shoot! I’d take 6-6 with the hardest schedule in the country. I’ve always said I’d rather go 6-6 in the SEC than have U of L’s easy peezy gridiron opponents. Yeah they beat UofF in a bowl game (nothing against that…it’s respectable), but the sun shines on a dogs’ ass every now and then. People could stand to lay off of Barnhart…he got us Rich, (let’s omit Joker in this) then Cal, Mitchell, and now Stoops. How *&^%$(* critical do fans have to be of this man? I say all of this, mindful of the absurdity of comparing football and bball especially at a place like Kentucky, but since many of the chat convo’s have been doing that very thing I figure I’ll indulge the subject. That being said I look forward to a time when the BBN can view fball without the hindrance of the bball goggles. BBN caught up in judgment. Who out there could do better than Mitch? Haters step up….that’s a challenge! STFU if you think you can.

  13. wildcatwill
    7:34 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    #12 lets go back and see how much Mitch has actually done. Guy Moriss had us on a near turn around and what did Mitch do? He wouldn’t even try and support him or keep him, Why? Because he was going to be the saviour and bring in Parcells who never came. He gaffes the hire and has to get Brooks out of retirement. Oh and Rich was so great that he takes a prolific passer and has him running the option for two years. Finally Brooks gets us somewhat respectable and then he makes the announcement that Joker will be the head coach in waiting, we all know how that turned out. He then tells the fans last year that we need to suck it up and that Joker is gonna be our man no matter what. It was only after the Vandy game when we all revolted that he decided we would not take any more. Let’s remember that Stoops contacted UK and wanted the job. God knows who we would of ended up with had Stoops not wowed him and shown him that he wanted the job. In basketball he hires that jackass Billy G. and doesn’t even have a contract drawn up they sign the agreement on a napkin costing UK millions because of this. Let’s not forget that it was well know about Billy G’s drinking problem but that didn’t matter cause he beat UL in the sweet 16. It is well known that it wasn’t Mitch that hired Cal it was Mike Pratt who met with him and he and the boosters arranged for him to get hired. So before you put Mitch on a pedastal and tell us all to STFU maybe you need a little reminding.

  14. Kenny
    7:51 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    Number 12 Barnhart didn’t get Cal just to clear the air…….

  15. Scott Baio
    8:28 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with Barnhart, we’re probably not ready yet as a program to play a 9 game schedule. But I also agree with 4 and 5 too, you don’t say it publicly. I think in year 3 or 4 or Stoops tenure UK will have the depth it needs to compete in a nine game SEC schedule. Whether Mitch likes it or not it’s coming though, especially when the SEC and other conferences go to 16 members. Personally I hope to see Virginia and NC State become the 15th and 16th members of the SEC. I think both of these schools would be great fits. They both are competitive in Football, and have strong fan bases. But would beef up the SEC in basketball as well.

  16. UKBlue1!
    9:04 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    #12 Barnhart wouldn’t know his head from a hole in the ground. He hired Gillespie and only caved into hiring Calipari after he began to feel pressure from former players and alumni. He should have fired Joker after the 2nd season. I’ll give him the Mitchell hire. Everyone is excited about Stoops but we were excited about Billy Clyde also.

  17. STEVE!
    9:31 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    Nice recap, Wildcatwill. Mitch is the worst AD in the SEC. Every other AD in the conference knows you have to put football first and keep it healthy for the other sports to prosper, but Mitch let football die until only 18,000 fans showed up for a home game. Don’t tell us how great Rich Brooks was. His record against the SEC East was 7-28, including 5 wins over Vandy. Let’s not even compare his accomplishments in public relations, fundraising, facility growth, and athletic success to our neighbor in Louisville. Do we have even one sport where we can say we have significantly better facilities and success than them? Having said that, he’s right about a 9-game SEC schedule. I doubt any of the other SEC schools privately are in favor of it. It will make it harder for the big boys to make it to the National championship game.

  18. Chickin'Cat
    10:18 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    Will BarnFart “IU” our own SC Football schedule???????????????????????

  19. kywcat
    12:36 pm May 7, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with Barnhart and you are a fool if you don’t this this sentiment isn’t shared by or may have actually have come directly from Stoops. Yeah it’s hard to hear it out loud and really you don’t need to say anything out loud. Barnhart isn’t a ball coach so his feelings on this are likely driven by Stoops. Pretend we want to play when asked by the media, but vote no behind closed doors when it counts. He and Stoops bring reality to the forefront, and we know none of our BBN bball fans who attempt to crossover to football live in reality. Mitch is the most underpaid AD in the country right now. I may be mistaken but football is still and always has been the money maker at UK, so I’m not sure all this talk about not paying attention to it. Oh wait, yeah I do, armchair AD’s sitting at home remembering their days in peewee football. Never played and sure as heck never ran a multi 100 million dollar business that affects the lives of 1000’s of kids every year, in a positive manner then donations millions back to our school after paying for itself. That is UK athletics, that is Mitch Barnhart. That is something no one even reading this site can fathom, but you always feel obligated to bash him.

  20. WildcatWill
    4:50 pm May 7, 2013 Permalink

    #19 his actions and words speak for themselves read my post at #13 and you will see why we can’t put full faith in him.