Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart releases open letter to BBN

04/09/2015 10:45 AM

As Big Blue Nation reflects back on the historical season of Kentucky’s men’s basketball team, UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart has released an open letter to Cats fans. In the letter, Barnhart takes a look back at the season and outlines what made it so special.

Barnhart celebrates each milestone throughout the season and specifically mentions the successes of individual players. But Barnhart also notes that despite becoming one of the biggest sports headlines of the year and targets of immense pressure, the Cats maintained focus and remained composed.

Unquestionably, Kentucky was the biggest story in college basketball this season. The spotlight is always bright here, but I have never seen anything quite like what this team faced. They were dissected and analyzed from every possible angle, with experts breaking down how they could be beaten and wondering whether they would be able to stay together. They fielded question after question in facing an unprecedented media blitz, never saying a word to start even the smallest controversy.

A press conference is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Thursday to officially announce the NBA decisions of at least seven players, including Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Dakari Johnson and Devin Booker.

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