Mitch Barnhart did an interview with Jerry Tipton and he talked about John Higgins, the officiating, and the death threats after the game.
“If they know us, they know our heartbeat,” Barnhart said when asked if the statement was too weak. “We don’t condone that.”
Barnhart said UK had “one of the classiest fan bases in college basketball.” The death threats and postings on the website came from “a very, very small number of people that were passionately upset about Kentucky losing, and felt their team had been wronged. And I don’t think anybody at this university or this department or this basketball area would condone any of that.
“And I appreciate our fans’ passion … , but certainly don’t condone that. That’s not who we want to be. We lost the game. Some things didn’t go our way we hoped would go our way. We need to accept that and be able to move on.”
Longtime referee Don Rutledge called for UK to revoke tickets from any fans found to have made death threats to Higgins.
“I don’t want to get into policy making,” Barnhart said. “I’d rather our fans take the tone: Let’s be Kentucky. We’ve been good. We’ve done it right. Let’s not be somebody we don’t want to be.”