Kentucky AD reflects on 'active,' successful year

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart doesn't recall being this busy since his first year at the school in 2002.

Not to mention, so successful.

Kentucky sports programs achieved a school-best 11th-place in the Directors' Cup standings, a big step in the AD's goal of winning 15 championships by 2015. Helping reach that objective was the Wildcats' freshmen-led men's basketball team, which reached the NCAA tournament title game before losing 60-54 to Connecticut.

The softball program also achieved a milestone, reaching the College World Series, while two-way baseball star A.J. Reed earned Southeastern Conference player and male athlete of the year honors. Additionally, Kentucky signed coach John Calipari to a seven-year, $52 million contract extension and last week landed a 15-year, $210 million multimedia deal.


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