Rick Barnes’ future at Texas is expected to be determined early next week, sources told CBSSports.com, and the most likely outcome has Barnes, one way or another, not returning as the Longhorns’ coach for the 2015-16 season, according to sources.
Still, nothing is decided or official yet.
“They’re working through everything now,” one source said.
Two media outlets in Texas reported Thursday night that Texas athletic director Steve Patterson has demanded Barnes make staff changes or risk losing his job. NBCSports.com subsequently reported on Friday that Barnes will probably decline to meet Patterson’s demands and thus isn’t likely to return as UT’s coach next season.
Patterson has repeatedly refused comment on Barnes’ status.
Barnes, 60, has made 16 NCAA Tournament appearances in 17 seasons at Texas while peaking in 2003 — when T.J. Ford led the Longhorns to the Final Four. That’s the positive. But the negative is that Barnes has only escaped the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament five times in the past 17 seasons. His last Sweet 16 came seven years ago.