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:
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