Mitch Barnhart comments on feud between Mark Stoops, John Calipari
If you though Bama Rush Tok was the only drama going on in the SEC this week, you must’ve missed the Twitter squabble between Kentucky coaches Mark Stoops and John Calipari.
The exchange caused so much commotion that Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart stepped into the fray on Saturday.
Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart says, as per his norm, he’ll keep conversations he’s had with his coaches “within the family,” but he thought the comments within the original story were not productive.
— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) August 13, 2022
John Calipari, Kentucky’s head men’s basketball coach, spoke to reporters on Thursday from the team’s exhibition game in the Bahamas, saying “This is a basketball school. It’s always been that. Alabama is a football school. So is Georgia. I mean, they are. No disrespect to our football team. I hope they win 10 games and go to bowls. At the end of the day, that makes my job easier and it makes the job of all of us easier. But this is a basketball school. And so we need to keep moving in that direction and keep doing what we’re doing.”
These words didn’t sit well with Mark Stoops, whose Wildcat football team is coming off a season ranked second in the SEC east, and has a Citrus Bowl win under their belts. Mark Stoops quickly fired back at Calipari on Twitter, resulting in a lengthy back and forth. For his part, AD Mitch Barnhart was quick to step in with an admonishment for both coaches, stating “We got people struggling in eastern Kentucky right now, and we’re talking about feelings getting hurt,” Barnhart said. “Need to get back to gratefulness, grace, and joy in this job.”