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UK’s Barnhart To Interview At KU?

According to the website SportsByBrooks.com, Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart will interview for the vacant Kansas AD’s job in early December.

Barnhart and Tulsa AD Bubba Cunningham are believed to be the front-runners for the job.  Previous Kansas AD Lew Perkins retired following a ticket scandal was reported at the school this summer.

According to the site, three things are working in Barnhart’s favor:


“1) Barnhart’s experience presiding over a traditional, powerhouse basketball program.

2) Barnhart’s reputation for integrity — in the wake of the Kansas ticket scandal and other impropriety that plagued the late stages of Perkins’ regime.

3) Barnhart’s stellar reputation as one of the top fundraisers in college athletics.”


So why would Barnhart be interested in leaving Lexington?


“1) The Kansas AD gig is a great job and he’s originally from the state.  he was born in Kansas City and graduated from Ottawa (KS) University.

2) Landing the Kansas job would almost certainly involve a raise from Barnhart’s current base salary, which was $475,000 according to the Kentucky state employee database for 2010.  Barnhart has earned considerable money in bonuses over the years, including $30,000 if the Wildcats made a bowl game.

Perkins reportedly made an astounding $4.4 million his final full year on the job as KU AD, but much of that money was via bonuses derived from private funds.  Perkins’ base salary was reportedly $800,000 at the time of his ouster.

3) Barnhart’s concerned, for obvious reasons, that the recruiting methods of John Calipari may soon begin to reflect poorly on the school and his own reputation.”


Sources — s’up to you to believe them or not — told the author of this post that Barnhart is tiring of the negative media coverage and “constant sparring with the NCAA” that goes along with having Calipari as coach.

If it’s true that Barnhart and Kansas are talking, don’t look past the fact that UK president Lee Todd Jr., is retiring from his post next summer.  Todd hired Barnhart.  Most folks don’t like to inherit a new boss. 

That’s exactly why Calipari and Joker Phillips will likely be asking Barnhart a few questions about the SportsByBrooks story.

 




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