Kentucky's Barnhart: 'I don't have any interest' in Tennessee AD job

mstory@herald-leader.comJune 10, 2011 

University of Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said Thursday he is not interested in the AD position at the University of Tennessee. Barnhart worked as an assistant AD in the Tennessee athletics department from 1986 until 1998.

"I don't have any interest," Barnhart said of the UT vacancy. "I've got good coaches (at Kentucky), I have a family that has settled in here, I have a son who is about to be a senior in high school.

"I said when I agreed to my last contract that (Kentucky) is where I plan to be until I decide on my next path, something that will probably be outside athletics. I've got things I still want to accomplish here and I'm excited about doing that."

With both the Tennessee football and men's basketball programs scheduled to appear before the NCAA Committee on Infractions on Saturday, UT AD Mike Hamilton resigned this week.

On Thursday, Tennessee announced that Joan Cronan, the school's women's athletics director (UT has split athletics departments for its men's and women's sports programs), would serve as interim AD on the men's side.

Barnhart said he hired Hamilton at UT and felt bad about the way his tenure in Knoxville ended.

"Mike did an awful lot for Tennessee," Barnhart said. "The last couple of years have been rocky, and people lost sight awfully quick of the good work he did before. I know this, Mike Hamilton has a good heart."

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