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John Calipari, Mitch Barnhart share heartfelt goodbye message to DeWayne Peevy

Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff

Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff

After weeks of speculation, UK deputy director of athletics DeWayne Peevy officially accepted a job offer to become DePaul’s next athletic director this afternoon, ending his time in Lexington after 12 years at Kentucky.

Following the official announcement, Peevy said in a statement that he will miss his “Old Kentucky Home.”

“I will miss ‘My Old Kentucky Home,'” said Peevy. “College athletics have been my heartbeat for as long as I can remember. From the University of Montevallo, my time at the Gulf South Conference and Southeastern Conference, and most recently at the University of Kentucky, watching young men and women grow and compete has been the center of my universe. At UK, I was unbelievably fortunate to fulfill that passion and enjoy the privilege to play a small part in the lives of our student-athletes.

“If that alone was the impact Kentucky had on our lives, it would be worth it alone. But perhaps more than that, we are leaving family. Lexington has become our home. My wife, Allison, and I have raised our kids, Kaitlyn and Braden, in Lexington. We’ve been embraced – and become a part of – Big Blue Nation. The relationships we have built at Kentucky will last a lifetime. For us to walk away from that is difficult, but we do so knowing that we will always be a part of BBN and will keep a close eye on the success of the Wildcats.”

After releasing initial statements in a press release at the time of the announcement, UK head coach John Calipari and Mitch Barnhart joined together to release a video saying goodbye to Peevy and thanking him for all he did in his time in Lexington.

“Let me congratulate both DeWayne and Allison Peevy for the next step in their life, the next step in his career and her career as he becomes director of athletics at DePaul University,” said Calipari. “Unbelievable leader, a servant leader. We’re sad, and I’m not just talking us in the basketball program. We’re sad to see him go, but we’re all ecstatic for him and his family. He deserves this opportunity.

“He not only helped us build this program, took over scheduling, where a head coach usually says, “No, my staff has got this.” I trusted him with everything we did within this program. I took his advice. … He’s not only a colleague, he’s a dear friend.”

“On behalf of the athletic department, DeWayne and Allison, let me just congratulate you for your incredible, incredible journey at the University of Kentucky,” Mitch Barnhart added. “12 years as a Wildcat, you’re someone who has helped our program in so many ways. We now get to watch you take the next step of your journey as you become the director of athletics at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois

“They are getting an amazing, amazing leader, someone who will do remarkable things.”

Check out the entire goodbye message from Calipari and Barnhart below:

Best of luck at DePaul, DeWayne!

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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