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Tennessee gives Rick Barnes a contract extension

Kentucky’s assistants aren’t the only coaches who got contract extensions today. According to 247 SportsRick Barnes just signed a new 6-year $21 million deal that will keep him at Tennessee through the 2023-24 season.

Since taking over in Knoxville three years ago, Barnes has turned the Volunteers into one of the toughest teams not only in the league, but the country. Even though the media picked Tennessee to finish 13th in the conference last year, the Vols tied with Auburn for the regular season crown, earning Barnes SEC Coach of the Year honors.

Under Barnes’ reign, Tennessee is 3-0 vs. Kentucky at Thompson-Boling Arena and considered a top five team heading into the 2018-19 season. Barnes is now the 10th highest paid coach in college basketball and second in the SEC to only — you guessed it — John Calipari, who makes $8 million annually.

Smart move by the Vols. Dangit.

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6 Comments for Tennessee gives Rick Barnes a contract extension



  1. J. Did
    5:51 pm September 6, 2018 Permalink

    Extraordinary coach. The Vols are fortunate. He deserves the extension. And more.



  2. joshjosh
    5:53 pm September 6, 2018 Permalink

    Rick Barnes has removed his name from consideration



  3. krautdog
    6:57 pm September 6, 2018 Permalink

    He makes it hard to hate on TN!



  4. runningunnin.454
    7:05 pm September 6, 2018 Permalink

    Is TN a basketball school now?



  5. KYjellyRoll
    8:55 pm September 6, 2018 Permalink

    Great news for tN as long as we win IDC!



  6. bhb71
    12:45 am September 7, 2018 Permalink

    Good, UT having a good basketball program is good for us because it makes the SEC better. I’d love to regularly have two games every season against a top-15 team during conference play, and with Barnes at the helm over there we have a chance to have that. Here’s hoping their football team stays bad.