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Report: Rick Barnes Fired at Texas

Numerous people are saying Rick Barnes has been fired from the head coaching job at Texas. This isn’t necessarily surprising as Barnes has massively underachieved with a ton of talent. Maybe, this just goes to show that you also have to be a great coach when you are a good recruiter, cough cough USBWA voters.

CBS’ Sam Vecenie poses an interesting debate though. Is Texas a top five job from a coach standpoint? There’s not much pressure as it’s a football school first and has a ton of money to spend.

For what it’s worth, I agree with Vecenie as he’s not saying it’s a top five program, but rather if you’re a coach you want to go here.

The two names being thrown around are the obvious ones in Gregg Marshall and Shaka Smart. This absolutely makes the Alabama, St. John’s and Tennessee jobs less┬ádesirable and should lead to some mayhem in the coaching carousel.

Barnes was the head coach in Austin for 17 years, going 402-180 but made just one Final Four.


Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

3 Comments for Report: Rick Barnes Fired at Texas

  1. GroundControlToNumber9
    6:58 pm March 28, 2015 Permalink

    In case anyone gets disillusion, this wasn’t the “Kentucky Effect”…

    This was the “17 Seasons… 1 Final Four” effect at a school that has the money to be a perennial top 20 program if it chooses wisely.

    With Texas as a fertile ground for recruiting (think Harrisons, Randle, etc) someone should be filling that void soon. If I was Texas I’d call Tony Bennett (Virginia) fast and furious. He has no ties to that school being a Wisconsin native and a graduate of Wisc-Green Bay.

  2. Juan4UK
    7:24 pm March 28, 2015 Permalink

    Are you new to basketball and Texas place in it? Not a better job than Tennessee. And it might not be better than St Johns (idk how much they pay)

  3. Juan4UK
    7:25 pm March 28, 2015 Permalink

    Texas has no ground support for basketball