With a year and half under his belt, Barnhart's expectations for his minor sports have not been altered. But the results of his lofty goals have only been felt during the spring season. Last year, the Cats spring programs helped give Kentucky a respectable showing in the Sears Cup. With the spring season upon us, some teams are experiencing the result of what comes with last year's success: expectations.
Men's Golf, which made its way to Stillwater and the NCAA Championships, is working on a repeat performance. They are currently ranked inside the Top 25 and are trying to maintain such a ranking throughout the young season. With a young and talented squad, Brian Craig thinks the future will be very bright for his young Wildcats, but might be getting a little anxious, considering his group of stars are getting older. John Holmes, the super-star junior, is struggling so far this season, but should get hot towards the end of the season.
Men's Tennis, whom at one time was the best sports program on campus, are looking to once again regained its past form. The Cats with junior Jesse Witten are in desperate times, looking to finally progress from a freshmen year that saw the Cats go as high as fifth in the nation.
Women's Tennis, which has seen the program elevate to one of the premier programs in the country, has already been ranked in the Top 10 through this young season. They gained a valuable victory by defeating 4th ranked USC earlier this season. The Lady Cats have got to find some consistency to remain a player in the SEC.
Not all is great in the spring; Softball had surprised early, but has seemingly fallen back to earth of late. Baseball, which started off hot, has cooled off with a poor showing against Eastern Michigan this weekend. Women's Golf has always struggled to regain its old form of years past. They can't seem to get over the hump, being ranked somewhere between 45-60 so far in this young season.
With the Winter sports coming to a close this month, Kentucky's chances of improving on last years Sears Cup standings, are going to fall heavily on the shoulders of the Wildcats' spring programs.