An official announcement is expected soon.
Barnes made 16 NCAA Tournament appearances in 17 years at Texas and peaked in 2003 — when T.J. Ford led the Longhorns to the Final Four. That’s the positive. But the negative is that Barnes only escaped the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament five times in 17 seasons. His last Sweet 16 came in 2008.
Barnes, 60, was previously the coach at George Mason, Providence and Clemson. He was the CAA coach of the Year in 1987 and the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 1999, 2003, 2008 and 2014. But this season’s team that underachieved ultimately convinced UT’s administration that a change in leadership is needed, a source told CBSSport.com. So Barnes will leave Texas as the Longhorns’ all-time leader in wins with 402.
Exactly where Texas will look for a replacement is unclear. But sources have long told CBSSports.com that Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall and VCU’s Shaka Smart will be among the obvious candidates that will be seriously considered.