Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart was asked if he was concerned he was going to have to hire a new mens basketball coach this spring with John Calipari reportedly getting lucrative offers from NBA teams. Heres what Barnhart said:
No. Cal has been very loyal to the University of Kentucky. I think with the wonderful players weve got coming back and the recruiting class that he had, its been his name is always going to be out there. Theres always going to be speculation about jobs. He is a wonderful CEO of the basketball program. He gets the big picture of what this place is all about, and he works really hard. But all the phases of whatever, whether its the academic piece, the competitive piece, the representing the university well, he does all that marvelously well. So, no I wasnt concerned about that. I felt like he was good and loyal to his word. He signed a contract we signed a new one. I want him to be here in Kentucky blue and white for an awful long time. I think thats his desire as well.