Mar 31

Tennessee hires former Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Rick Barnes is Tennessee’s next men’s basketball coach. Just two days after leaving Texas, Barnes & Tennessee have reached an agreement, a person familiar with the situation said. The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the hiring hasn’t been announced. Tennessee has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday afternoon where Barnes is expected to be introduced. He will be the Vols’ fourth men’s basketball coach in six seasons. Barnes went 402-180 at Texas & reached the NCAA Tournament in 16 of his 17 seasons, including a Final Four appearance in 2003. Texas announced his departure Sunday, saying it was a mutual decision. Barnes said he was given the choice of firing his staff or being fired himself. The 60-year-old Barnes is 604-314 in 28 seasons overall with stops at George Mason, Providence & Clemson. …

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