Way back in 2010, there were reports that Mitch Barnhart was a top-three finalist for the athletic director opening at Kansas. I have no idea if that was true or if it wasn’t, but that is a thing people were saying at the time when Kansas needed a new AD in 2010. Sports By Brooks (RIP) cited multiple sources for it.
Now Kansas needs a new AD again after firing Sheahon Zenger on Monday. Zenger was unable to get the Jayhawks football program going, so he is now out of work.
This begs the question: Will Kansas give Mitch a call?
I think it’s unlikely Barnhart would leave for a new school at this point in his career, but I also don’t know any more about Barnhart than you do. I do know his hiring of Mark Stoops got the UK football program moving in the right direction, so Kansas would be wise to give him a look.
Barnhart is from Kansas and graduated from Ottawa University (in Kansas, not Canada), but Kentucky has been his home for the last 16 years. He’s also the longest-tenured AD in the Southeastern Conference and his contract has him at UK until 2022.
So as I said, I can’t imagine Barnhart leaving what he’s built up here in Lexington, but Kansas might make a phone call to check his interest.