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Kentucky AD tweets support for Benny Snell following RB's bowl ejection

Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr. (26) runs to the locker room after being ejected in the first half of the Music City Bowl NCAA college football game against Northwestern, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart feels running back Benny Snell was wrongfully ejected during the Music City Bowl on Friday.

Snell was ejected for pushing referee Chris Coyte’s hands away after the official reached them out to help Snell up. Snell, understandably, was frustrated that officials didn’t call Northwestern players for a late hit after he was driven backwards and to the ground after whistles to stop the play.

Kentucky RB Benny Snell ejected for ridiculous reason in Music City Bowl
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“I was on top of the play,” Coyte said after the game to a pool reporter. “And the player got up and grabbed my arms and pushed them away and contacted me. That’s a foul.”

Here’s what Barnhart had to say on Twitter.

Northwestern held on to win the game 24-23 after a game-winning Kentucky two-point conversion fell incomplete.

Snell’s ejection came under more scrutiny when SEC officials declined to eject Miami coach Mark Richt when Richt made contact with an official.

Mark Richt inexplicably avoids ejection after contacting official

Richt apologized Monday for his actions.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!