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Rick Barnes attending TJ Ford’s graduation leads to emotional moment

January 23, 2016: Tennessee Volunteers head coach Rick Barnes during a game between the South Carolina Gamecockss and Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN. Tennessee won the contest 78-69. (Photo by Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire)
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Former Texas Longhorns head basketball coach Rick Barnes is certainly a man of his word. Although now several years removed from coaching the Longhorns, Barnes is still looking after his players so it appears. One of those players is former NBA guard T.J. Ford.

Despite graduating 15 years after he initially made his way to Texas, Ford had some familiar company upon walking across the stage in Austin:

Barnes remained along the sideline at Texas from 1998 through 2014 while the now 34-year-old Ford attended the heralded university between 2001 and 2002.

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