Some quick-hitter notes on a late Friday:
1) Mitch Barnhart released a statement via Twitter that reinforced his desire to stay at UK (amid his name being mentioned as a possible candidate for the Tennessee job) and noted a contract extension for John Calipari is in the works.
Mitch Barnhart: Let me reiterate that Kentucky is where I want to be. I’ve got good coaches at UK, I have a family that has settled in here, I have a son who is about to be a senior in high school. As I said before, I have unfinished business here and this is where I plan to be until I decide on my next path. That will be something that will probably be outside of athletics when I’m 60 years old.
We are working on an extension with Cal to ensure that he has long tenure at Kentucky. Cal and I are the same age and share some of the same thoughts on our careers and I’d like to align his contract with my current 8-yr deal. Once we get a finalized contract, we’ll make a formal announcement.
Calipari’s mentioned before that he doesn’t see UK as a life-long job, and if I remember correctly he tossed out 10 years as a reasonable time frame. This new contract, when it happens, would be about that length.
2) Marquis Teague hit the game-winner in the Kentucky vs. Indiana high school All-Stars game tonight, a pull-up jumper with under a second left. John Clay has video of a Teague interview here. T.J. Walker has a write-up here.