LEXINGTON, Ky. — Nick Haynes hugged Mark Stoops as he ran out of the tunnel Saturday at Kroger Field for the final time. It was an awkward scene as Haynes had harsh words for the coaching staff on Friday night before the game.
Haynes let his feelings be known that Kentucky coaches are only after one thing: money.
“Most of these coaches don’t care about us personally,” he wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “It’s all about that check. That’s the one big thing I’ve observed here at UK. They’ll use you up for all your worth and then throw you to the side.”
Haynes’ final game at Kroger Field came in a 44-17 blowout loss to Louisville. He was honored with the rest of the seniors before the game.
Nick Haynes with a hug for Mark Stoops on Senior Day. pic.twitter.com/gmIDiSDc5V
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Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran was asked about Haynes, but Gran avoided the question by saying he’s not on Twitter. Senior receiver Charles Walker couldn’t help but smile after he said he didn’t see what Haynes tweeted.
Mark Stoops addressed the situation after the game.
“I’ll keep it between Nick and I,” Stoops said. “He could answer for himself, but I was disappointed in that as well, because we had just had probably one of the best team meetings I had been a part of to be honest with you. We’ve got a really good group of seniors, and we had a really good, emotional meeting. There were a lot of good vibes in that room.”
Stoops went onto say that Haynes was “rubbed the wrong way after curfew” by one of the younger coaches on staff. Haynes had complained earlier in the day about Senior Day tweets that didn’t include him.
Stoops expects Haynes to stay with the program through the bowl game, but said that they’ll see where his health is and decide what’s best for him.
“I know Nick is a great guy, he’s a great lineman,” running back Benny Snell said. “I like talking about football. Nick don’t got nothing to do with this. Nick is a great guy and I’ve learned too much from him for this negative to even be on Nick. That don’t matter.”
Haynes played sparingly in the second half of the season as he struggled to keep weight on because of Type 1 diabetes.