A point that I have heard very little discussion about but that needs to be mentioned is that while Barnhart gets a lot of the public heat for what may go down, he may not be the driving force behind the decision. I have spoken with a number of people and those that have some knowledge of the internal dynamic at UK generally suggest that Lee Todd is the one making the final call on this issue. Todd has been the individual most upset with some of Gillispie’s actions and it is Todd more than anyone else who was furious about the “I am not an ambassador” comment at the SEC Tournament. There is a reason all the meetings have included Todd and there has been some suggestion that Barnhart may be less behind this move individually and more executing the orders of his boss.
I dont say that to suggest that is certainly the case. But the internal sources that have said to me that Todd is the driving force are fairly solid and his public comments suggest he is much less supportive of Gillispie than his AD has been. When casting out blame, fans and the media (I am looking at you Jimmy Dykes) might want to check on that assertion and see who is really the one pulling the strings.