"It was hard for me to see coach Barnett trashed like that in the national media. Anyone who's actually gone and talked to him or had the chance to sit in one of our meetings where he blasts us about our behavior and doing the right thing knows he's not like that."

-Joel Klatt, former CU player
"Coach Barnett taught me a lot especially how to succeed on and off the field."

- Brian Iwuh, former CU player and current Carolina Panther
"Coach Barnett taught us that the truth matters in life. If give us strength to focus on our dreams. We learned a lot from him."

-Joe Klopfenstein, former CU player and St. Louis Ram
“Coach Barnett believed in standards, discipline, understanding, compassion, and responsibility. We had a “Mother Board” in our locker room as a reminder of this. Having played for and coached for him was a real honor for me personally and he represented a father figure for me.”

-Darian Hagan, former CU player
“I respect Coach Barnett for the care he showed our student-athletes. I also appreciate that he demonstrated respect to all athletics department employees, regardless of gender or race.

-Ceal Barry, CU Women's Basketball Coach