Benny Snell was a victim of the worst officiating call of all time. Seriously, it was that bad. It’s important to note that not just fans and media members are saying this either. Sports personalities and professionals from across the country weighed in on the ejection, and not one of them favored the referee.
With that being said, perhaps the most powerful man in UK sports, Mitch Barnhart, has also come out in support of Benny. Here are his thoughts on the matter that he expressed in a a series of Tweets.
"Much has been made of the ejection of Benny Snell last week. While this is not something I would typically comment on. I feel it is important to do so since Benny’s intentions and character have been called into question. Benny, who has been a quality young man in our program, has my full support and the support of Coach (Mark) Stoops and our football program."
In the grand scheme of things, this is huge. Like Mitch said, he doesn’t insert himself into conversations like this, but he felt like he had no choice in this situation. Here’s more from UK’s AD:
"Benny’s frustration and his passion for the game are why he reacted the way he did, but he was not deserving of an ejection. It is unfortunate our fans didn’t get to see one of the best running backs in the country play against an excellent Northwestern team. Our team is worthy of praise for their preparation for the bowl and their response to adversity in the game. I know Benny and his teammates are excited to get back to work and continue to make the #BBN proud in 2018."
What Mitch Barnhart did for Benny by speaking out like this is unmatched. To have the AD of the school on your side in a call that was extremely controversial has to feel good.
Everything Barnhart’s saying is correct. Benny shouldn’t have gotten kicked out for his actions, and no one should be calling his character into question. Big props to Mitch for speaking his mind in support of Kentucky’s star running back.