Tennessee hires Rick Barnes – CBSSports.com


Rick Barnes is on the verge of going from Texas to Tennessee.(USATSI)
Rick Barnes will be Tennessee’s next coach. (USATSI)

Former Texas coach Rick Barnes has reached an agreement to become Tennessee’s next men’s basketball coach, a source told CBSSports.com on Tuesday morning.

A formal announcement is expected Tuesday afternoon.

CBSSports.com reported Monday that Barnes had been offered the job and would accept barring an unexpected late snag in negotiations, according to sources. That hypothetical snag never materialized, and Barnes and Tennessee finalized a deal early Tuesday.

Barnes will become Tennessee’s third coach in three years.

He’s replacing Donnie Tyndall.

Tyndall was fired because of NCAA violations he allegedly committed at Southern Miss.

Barnes, 60, made 16 NCAA Tournament appearances in 17 years at Texas before formally resigning his position under pressure Sunday. He peaked in 2003 — when T.J. Ford led the Longhorns to the Final Four. That’s the positive on his resume. But the negative is that Barnes only escaped the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament five times in the past 17 years. His last Sweet 16 came seven years ago — back in the 2007-08 season.


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