Texas men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes is not expected to return for an 18th season in 2015-16, multiple sources have told 247Sports. One source said, “Bet the house and double down” Barnes will not be back as coach next season.
Texas athletic director Steve Patterson has demanded Barnes makes changes to the assistant coaching staff, which Barnes is not expected to do.
Barnes, who earns a base salary of $2.55 million per year, is under contract through the 2018-19 season. He has been at Texas since 1998-99. He has the most wins (402) in school history, while taking the Longhorns to two Sweet 16 appearances, two Elite Eights and a Final Four. However, Texas has not been past the Round of 32 since 2008, including last week’s loss to Butler, and missed the NCAA Tournament in 2012-13.