UK’s Barnhart signs contract extension

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Kentucky's Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart speaks to reporters during the team's annual NCAA college football media day at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/ David Stephenson)

Kentucky’s Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart speaks to reporters during the team’s annual NCAA college football media day at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/ David Stephenson)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56/WKYT) – Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart has signed a new deal with the school keeping the Kansas native in Lexington through 2025-26.

Barnhart is the longest-tenured athletic director in the Southeastern Conference, serving UK since 2002.

In his new deal, Barnhart will make $1.2 million in 2022-23, increasing $75,000 each year after. He will take home $1.425 million in the final year of his contract.

Barnhart can also earn bonus money for teams’ academic success and wins/losses.

In 2020-21, Barnhart was chairperson of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee. In 2019, SportsBusiness Journal named Barnhart the Athletic Director of the Year.

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