UK Athletic Director Says Too Much Being Read Into His Comment

Lexington, KY (AP) -- Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said in an interview today with the Associated Press that high school basketball players being recruited by Tubby Smith should have no reason to believe smith won't remain as their coach.

Although Barnhart stopped short of saying Smith would remain in charge of the Wildcats, who are a number eight seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, he acknowledged fans had misinterpreted a previous statement by him.

He suggested fans wait until the postseason before making any judgments on the state of the program.

Barnhart told the AP "Tubby's our basketball coach. He's done a great job of representing the platform of Kentucky basketball. We'll always look to make adjustments to the things we've got to do to get better. Tubby and I will do that collectively."

Barnhart pointed out Smith's credentials and said the two would sit down at the end of the season to discuss changes. He declined to say whether any assistant coaches might be replaced.

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