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want to personally thank (Coach Morriss) for what
he's done. He's put a lot of excitement into our program,
a lot of integrity into our program. It has been a
marvelous year for (UK) football, we're going to build
Lee T. Todd Jr.,
University of Kentucky
Ky. (Dec. 10, 2002) -- University
of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. and Athletics
Director Mitch Barnhart conducted the meeting of the
Athletic Association Board of Directors, which
convened Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Patterson Office
Tower on the UK campus.
Todd opened the meeting with remarks about Coach
Guy Morriss' acceptance of the head football coaching
position at Baylor University, Waco, Texas. The 11th
president of UK thanked Morriss for his hard work
and dedication to the university.
"I want to personally thank (Coach Morriss)
for what he's done. He's put a lot of excitement into
our program, a lot of integrity into our program.
It has been a marvelous year for (UK) football, we're
going to build on that," said Todd. He went on
to wish Morriss and his family "the best as they
move down to Texas."
Following his best wishes for the Morriss family,
Athletics Director Barnhart indicated he would like
to have a new UK football coach selected by Christmas.
"We have to move decisively and quickly in terms
of recruiting. I want someone who is dedicated to
winning championships and someone who is prepared
to compete annually in the top half of what I consider
to be the best football conference in America," said Barnhart.
Barnhart introduced new athletics department personnel,
discussed developing a more equitable ticket allocation
system for Rupp Arena and Commonwealth Stadium, and
presented his hopes for facility upgrades.
Barnhart, who began his tenure at UK on July 15,
2002, introduced to the board Rob Mullens, executive
associate director of athletics; Greg Byrne, associate
director of athletics for fund raising and development;
Rick Thompson, associate director of athletics for
marketing, licensing and media relations; and Joe
Sharpe, assistant athletics director for tickets.
He also promoted Micki King, assistant athletics director,
to full-time status as senior women's administrator.
President Todd recommended board structure changes,
proposing a reduction from 22 members to 17. The president's
suggested reorganization includes the addition of
two scholarship student-athletes, one female and one