Lots of conversation today about the interview with Patrick Patterson’s mother that we had on here last night. While many are dissecting the words to determine if Patrick is coming back or her feelings on the program, little has been said about the comments about the “meeting” with Mitch Barnhart. As you may remember, Larry Vaught reported that after the UK-Georgia game, Patterson and Mitch were seen talking and that she seemed very upset. Jerry Tipton then asked Mitch about the meeting, he confirmed that it happened but denied some of Larry’s report:
Barnhart vehemently denied reports that Patterson’s mother was upset about an NCAA Tournament bid slipping away. He called such reports “total garbage.”
Now I thought that Mitch’s denial was absurd when it was said and I refused to doubt the accuracy of Vaught’s report at the time. But if anyone else disagreed, here were Tywanna Patterson’s comments on the subject:
“I was just talking to him about the future of the UK program and where we are headed next year. I just want to know why he thinks we are losing games that we should not be losing. I am very concerned with how things have gone this year and the direction this program is going. So, I just wanted to talk to him and know where he thinks the program is headed because right now I don’t understand what is going on”
Now I suppose if you wanted to, you could try and reconcile those two statements…..but it would be quite a stretch. It looks as if we now have the statements of Larry Vaught and Tywanna Patterson on one side and a report of “total garbage” from Mitch Barnhart on the other. I know which side I think is correct.