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Report: Tony Barbee to Join UK Staff


Tonight a late report from Cats Illustrated cites sources as saying that Tony Barbee will become a new Administrative Assistant on the UK staff, likely in the position left open by Rod Strickland’s departure. You may remember that Barbee was last the Auburn head coach and worked for Calipari at Memphis prior to that job. More as it comes tomorrow, the day in which Cats Illustrated suggests it will be released.

Article written by Matt Jones

19 Comments for Report: Tony Barbee to Join UK Staff

  1. Ben
    10:45 pm July 31, 2014 Permalink

    Awesome move. I think a lot of people expected this when Barbee was fired and Orlando left. He and Cal are obviously buddies and to get another guy who is clearly talented enough to be a division 1 coach (although admittedly without much success) solidifies Kentucky as having the best complete coaching staff in college basketball.

  2. UKgrad'13
    10:58 pm July 31, 2014 Permalink

    Yep, this shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise. I was a little bummed to see Coach O and Strickland leave, but I think the hiring of “Slice” and now Barbee should prove to be worthy replacements. We shall see…

  3. The Loco Pollo
    11:03 pm July 31, 2014 Permalink

    Good for him. It shows work ethic and also gives him the opportunity to keep learning. He’ll obviously be a good influence around the program. If all goes as hoped for next season, KP could be in line for a HC job and Barbee could seamlessly slide into the assistant spot.

  4. Rick
    12:13 am August 1, 2014 Permalink

    I think KP has been ready for some time now. Where did Strickland go please? Thank you. GO CATS!!!

  5. UKFan23
    2:06 am August 1, 2014 Permalink

    Rick, Coach Strickland joined Coach Antigua at South Florida. I can’t blame him for going. We now have two very great replacements so I’m not complaining. I hope those two do great things at South Florida and I believe they will with the wealth of knowledge they learned under Coach Cal.

  6. Paul Westerberg
    6:05 am August 1, 2014 Permalink

    I Love the Replacements.

  7. Ridge Runner
    6:53 am August 1, 2014 Permalink


  8. Superlatives
    7:59 am August 1, 2014 Permalink


  9. 2mites
    8:22 am August 1, 2014 Permalink

    Worst thing Cal could do. Barbee is a punk coach and his teams at Auburn played punk basketball. How many times did I see his team actually try to hurt other players on the opponents team simply because he could not compete. Praise him all you want but this guy is a bad hire or he wouldn’t be out of work to start with. Cal is much better than this and if this is real he has made a terrible choice/

    • Cmon
      8:52 am August 1, 2014 Permalink

      Get a grip dude. Like Cal would allow anything like that on his team. Plus our team is always going to be the better team no matter who we play so there’s no need for any of that. Barbee will be fine.

    • Relax
      9:18 am August 1, 2014 Permalink

      Cal was Barbees college coach at UMass so he’s known him for over 25 years now. I’m sure he knows what he’s doing 2Mites. I think Cal knows him better then you do! Excellent addition to the team and I’m sure hell be getting another head coaching job in a couple years anyway.

    • Denise
      9:20 am August 1, 2014 Permalink

      Dude you have no idea what you’re talking about. Coach Cal was fired before, does that mean that it was a bad move for UK to hire him? I think not. Besides all your illogical points about him being fired and Cal making a bad choice, he and Coach Cal have worked together for many years and he is being hired as a administrative coach. Which means his job will entail not much at all, maybe talking to the players every now and again, fetching coffee…like I said not much. My point is there isn’t much damage he can do IF he was, as you put it, a punk. Next time do a little research before you start spouting off STUPID remarks. Have a nice day! 🙂

    • 2mites
      12:11 pm August 1, 2014 Permalink

      The guy is a loser so why hire him for any position even if it’s a pity one. My opinion is worth as much as anyone’s on here and I don’t slam yours so you show class.

  10. UkeHey
    9:22 am August 1, 2014 Permalink

    I hope we can get the Memphis stench out of Lexington after these greasy guys are gone.

    • Pistol Pete
      11:10 am August 1, 2014 Permalink

      I can smell you from here

  11. Chris from Paducah
    11:00 am August 1, 2014 Permalink

    It’s amazing the hate Cal gets. You are the type of guys that wouldn’t be happy if Phil Jackson coached UK.

    • Denise
      11:27 am August 1, 2014 Permalink

      Chris from Paducah, hopefully these idiots are jealous fans of opposing teams. But if they are actually claiming to be UK fans I am deeply ashamed to see such uneducated rants as they pertain to Kentucky. And they should be ashamed to post such ludicrous remarks!

  12. Dave / NM
    2:43 pm August 1, 2014 Permalink

    Welcome to The Big Blue Nation, Coach Barbee.


  13. Denise
    4:44 pm August 1, 2014 Permalink

    Apparently, 2mites, your opinion isn’t worth a turd in a toilet, because they hired him. And I believe CLASS went out the door when you call a person you don’t even know a loser and a punk. And frankly if you’re slamming people you know nothing about how can you expect anything other than the “slamming” of your opinion. You’re the one who needs to show some class.