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UK Athletics Board Annual Report

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In the area of academic accomplishments, Barnhart reported that 85 percent of all Wildcat student-athletes who exhausted their NCAA eligibility went on to graduate, a slight improvement from a year earlier. A total of 32 student-athletes earned a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) for the fall 2002 term, while seven different UK teams scored a 3.0 GPA or higher during the same period. Also, 168 UK student-athletes were selected to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll in 2002-03.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2003) -- “The Pursuit of Excellence” was the theme of a status report on University of Kentucky Athletics delivered today by the university’s Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart to a meeting of the UK Athletic Association Board of Directors. On the job for just over 14 months, Barnhart reviewed department accomplishments of the past year and outlined both short-term and long-term goals and initiatives.

In the area of academic accomplishments, Barnhart reported that 85 percent of all Wildcat student-athletes who exhausted their NCAA eligibility went on to graduate, a slight improvement from a year earlier. A total of 32 student-athletes earned a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) for the fall 2002 term, while seven different UK teams scored a 3.0 GPA or higher during the same period. Also, 168 UK student-athletes were selected to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll in 2002-03.

Community service was another area highlighted in Barnhart’s report. “We had 250 student-athletes assist some 15,000 people through community outreach programs,“ said Barnhart. “Our student-athletes also visited a total of 33 area schools in 2002-03, participating in mentoring programs, reading programs, and character development education.”

Among other highlights from the athletic director’s report for 2002-03:

• Competitive excellence – Out of 22 intercollegiate sports, UK saw teams or individuals qualify for NCAA postseason action in 12 sports.

• Fan/Donor support – The newly organized K Fund, which replaced the Blue-White Fund, raised a record $5 million.

• Multimedia/Marketing – The UK Athletics Web site, www.ukathletics.com, ranked 10th nationally in both page views and team store sales. UK also finished 10th in collegiate licensing royalties.

• Connecting with the university community – A $1 million transfer of funds from UK Athletics to the President’s Office to fund general university scholarships.

• Sound fiscal management – Instituted a new budgeting process that provides clear fiscal accountability and matches resources to expectations.

• Instituted new events – The first “CATSPYS” awards night for all UK student-athletes was held in April. The Big Blue Caravan took coaches and administrators to seven different cities in the state this spring.

UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. expressed his approval of the way UK Athletics is operating under Barnhart. “Mitch has brought great passion to the job, not just in the areas of men’s basketball and football, but to the student-athletes, coaches, and staff in all 22 sports. Plus, he’s been a tremendous help to me in more fully integrating athletics into our overall university.”

Barnhart told the board that funding is in place to pay for construction of the new multipurpose room proposed for Nutter Fieldhouse and that money has been raised to pay for the design of the proposed new basketball practice facility. Both projects require state approval before the university can proceed.


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