Tennessee Hires Rick Barnes

It didn’t take long for former Texas men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes to find a new home.

A press conference is scheduled for today, Tuesday, to announce the hiring of Rick Barnes at the University of Tennessee. Barnes replaces recently-fired Donnie Tyndall.

Barnes brings over quite the resume from Texas. The Longhorns made the NCAA tournament 16 of the 17 seasons Barnes was the head coach. He produced National Player of the Year winners in T.J. Ford and Kevin Durant, and he reached the Final Four in 2003.

But the NBA talent coming in to Texas wasn’t bringing results. At least not results good enough for the program that Barnes built up. The Longhorns have failed to escape the first weekend of the NCAA tournament since 2008.

For Tennessee, it’s a big-time move. Barnes, 60, brings credibility and a winning tradition to a school that has seen much turnover. This is the fourth Volunteers coach since 2011. Bruce Pearl was fired, Cuonzo Martin left for Cal and Tyndall is the most recent coach gone.

This is Barnes’ fifth stop as a head coach, following stays at George Mason, Providence, Clemson and Texas. He is 604-314 in his career.

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