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Mitch Barnhart’s message to fans about the Governor’s Cup

Mitch Barnhart chatted with Tom Leach over Zoom for this week’s BBN Live on the UK Athletics’ Twitter feed, and in doing so the UK athletics director addressed the unfortunate postponement of the Governor’s Cup football game. When the Southeastern Conference voted to play a conference-only football schedule, it eliminated the annual UK-UofL rivalry game, to which Barnhart says don’t worry about the game’s long-term future.

“That’s something we’ve played for several years and… we want to get back to it,” Barnhart said, when asked for a message to the fans who are disappointed in the cancelation of the 2020 Governor’s Cup game. “I had a good conversation with Vince Tyra from the University of Louisville yesterday. We talked on the phone and we both understand these are very unique times and very difficult to find our way through. We both understand the circumstances and we’ll have a conversation as we get back to some sense of normalcy in our schedules, we’ll get to have a chance to visit about how we move forward and how we get that back on the docket the right way. So, we’ll take care of that.”

He added, “We’re disappointed that the Governor’s Cup won’t occur this year. It’s an incredibly strong rivalry and I know it’s passionately supported by the people in our state. This is not an indicator, it’s not in any way, shape, or form a thing that says we don’t want to play. This is just a very unique set of circumstances which we’ll find our way through and we’ll gather back up and play again. We’ll look forward to that.”

See all of Barnhart’s comments in the video:


Article written by Drew Franklin

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19 Comments for Mitch Barnhart’s message to fans about the Governor’s Cup

  1. Ben27
    4:52 pm July 31, 2020 Permalink

    Why did you not vote to play Louisville? It makes you look like you are scared to play them.

    • ClutchCargo
      5:00 pm July 31, 2020 Permalink

      Honest question because I haven’t read everything about this, but how do we know he didn’t vote to play Louisville?

    • Condo1122
      5:36 pm July 31, 2020 Permalink

      We’ve only beaten them 101-23 over the last 2 years, so yea we are probably scared…… It was an agreement by all of the SEC members to only play a conference schedule, doubt the SEC made this decision just so we could avoid the Cards

    • Ben27
      5:49 pm July 31, 2020 Permalink

      Matt said on KSR today that only South Carolina voted to play 1 in state opponent. Hence Mitch voted against.

    • Condo1122
      5:58 pm July 31, 2020 Permalink

      Eli Capilouto, actually

  2. light my fire
    4:58 pm July 31, 2020 Permalink

    How do we play a team in Miss or Georgia and not a team 1hour up the road.

    Would be big money game for tv to pay us

  3. sprtphan
    4:58 pm July 31, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe a bowl game?

  4. BowdenQB4ever
    4:58 pm July 31, 2020 Permalink

    The only thing Mitch is willing to fight for is his checkerboard rebrand. God I hope this clown leaves before it’s time to hire another basketball coach.

    • Condo1122
      5:49 pm July 31, 2020 Permalink

      We came in second to Michigan last year in a vote for the best athletic department. Yea, Mitch has done a horrible job.

  5. Youngcat25
    5:08 pm July 31, 2020 Permalink

    I thought the decision came down to the president’s of the schools

  6. T-Town Cat
    5:26 pm July 31, 2020 Permalink

    Capilouto cast their NO vote, not Mitch.

  7. bigblue98
    5:43 pm July 31, 2020 Permalink

    They would have had to pay all of the other non conference teams total of 2.5 million this year if played Louisville. By playing no non-conference games they can get out of that due to the contracts. Multiply that times 14 teams, and conference saves a lot of money. Also, playing Louisville doesn’t bring any additional money. That game would have been on Acc network and was already figured in. Sucks not to play them, but can understand decision from conference.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      7:24 pm July 31, 2020 Permalink

      I heard Matt talk about that today, but it doesn’t make sense unless the ACC has better lawyers than the SEC, and maybe they do. But if we had to cancel all non-cons or else would have still been obligated to pay EMU and whoever else, then why did the ACC vote to play 1 non-con game and cancel the rest? I would think most of their schools couldn’t afford to pay the 1AA and non-Power 5 directional schools on their original schedules any more than UK.

    • bigblue98
      7:53 pm July 31, 2020 Permalink

      Good point – not sure the reasoning why the acc chose and sec didn’t. I wonder if maybe Alabama and some of the other powerhouse sec programs that don’t have big non-conference games drove the discussion. I believe Alabama was scheduled to play a pac12 school, but they previously went conference schedule only. Would be interesting to hear the conversation that took place behind closed doors regarding this, but doubt we ever will. Maybe we’ll meet them in a bowl game – with how weak their schedule will be we need to play them to keep their mouth shut. With their weak schedule they could easily go 8-2 and we’d have to listen to all the garbage about how they’re back.

  8. City shuffle
    5:49 pm July 31, 2020 Permalink

    Barnhart thinks people dont understand he has a say in the matter as far as the university votes. Hes been a great AD for our success but whiffed and missed on alcohol sales and the possibility of a non conference in-state rival for the last week of the season.

    They didnt have to put it in stone. They couldve stated that it would be possible depending on how things went. There has to be a reason they arent making public. The goal seems to weaken the NCAA

  9. T-Town Cat
    6:07 pm July 31, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe we can play UL in a Bowl game. Music City?

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      7:32 pm July 31, 2020 Permalink

      I was hoping for a higher rated game this year, but considering all the madness, that may be about the level we land.

  10. ibescootch
    7:36 pm July 31, 2020 Permalink

    Why do people always think that the authorities they don’t like are constantly motivated by ulterior motives in every single decision they make? And if you like their decision-making, everything they do is great and on the level.

    Like Barnhart has this evil plan in place to avoid playing Louisville? Why? Like, what in the world would he benefit by avoiding that game?!

    • Bluehender
      8:36 pm July 31, 2020 Permalink

      Some people just like to gripe and whine..