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Rick Barnes admits the real reason he didn’t take the UCLA job

Last week, Rick Barnes turned down UCLA to remain the head coach at Tennessee; today he admitted the real reason behind that decision.

In a press conference introducing Kim English as Barnes’ new assistant coach, he explained how he reached the conclusion to remain at Tennessee. His response should leave Volunteer fans reassured.

“It has to make sense from a financial standpoint. And the bottom line is, we just couldn’t work it out, the buyout,” reported David Ubben.

Essentially, UCLA refused to pitch in enough to buy out Barnes. Tennessee fans can thank the Bruins’ frugal administration for letting them keep their coach.

Sorry, Rick. You’re stuck in Knoxville.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

30 Comments for Rick Barnes admits the real reason he didn’t take the UCLA job



  1. mashman 93
    2:33 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

    Good coach and hopefully we beat them in Knoxville next year. GO BIG BLUE!!!!



    • CahillsCrossingNT
      6:45 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      They won’t win there next year either.



  2. Bobbum Man
    2:45 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

    Very frugal of the big guy to help him save 5m



    • elvislovesblue
      3:01 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, “Said he prayed and asked God for clarity.” Rick: Hey God, is this enough? God: I can’t be anymore clear, heck no!



  3. Bluebloodtoo
    2:45 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

    That wouldn’t make me reassured. He would have left if the buyout wasn’t an issue…



    • SanDiegoCats
      2:54 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      Was thinking same thing. He said he thought he was the next coach at UCLA.



  4. ClutchCargo
    2:48 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

    I would laugh at UT, but this may be the same reason Cal didn’t want it. Who am I kidding, I’m going to laugh at UT anyway. 🙂



    • ukcamel
      3:18 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      Cal didn’t want it because it isn’t a better job. He wouldn’t even consider it unless the money was overwhelming and UK didn’t match it. We all know that was never happening. They weren’t offering and Kentucky would’ve matched it (which they did anyway, when they weren’t even competing with anyone else).

      Programs that have a legitimate shot of pulling Cal away don’t end up with Mick Cronin (no offense to him, he’s a fine coach).



    • nocode96
      3:29 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      Incredibly poignant ukcamel



  5. syrin23
    2:54 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

    This is surely going to help him recruit top talent to UT, right? Come to Knoxville. I’ll be gone before you get here if someone can buy me out.

    The dude is the single biggest choke artist in NCAA tourney history. Couldn’t get a team with LaMarcus Aldridge and Augustine to a sweet sixteen or one with Kevin Durant. WAY under performed in the tourney with Tennessee.



    • RealCatsFan
      3:08 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      I would venture that Bill Self could give him a run for his money.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:18 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      Coach K has what most believed was far and wide the best team in the tourney on several occasions and he still needed controversial calls to get out of early rounds or win it.



    • notFromhere
      3:29 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      Now, if UT and/or Barnes got the calls K and Duke get, he’d have a title by now



  6. Ridge Runner
    2:57 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

    That kinda knocks the air outta things (initially ecstatic) for Vol fans.



    • Ridge Runner
      3:07 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      Vol fans biting into a delicious looking sandwich. Only to taste liver.



  7. 4everUKblue
    2:58 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

    Oh mama can this really be the end
    to be stuck inside of Knoxville
    with the L.A. blues again.



    • Ridge Runner
      3:05 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      Thought ya might be busting out the Queen song for a sec there 4ever.



    • 4everUKblue
      3:10 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      Lol RR, when I say the line in the article saying “Sorry, Rick. You’re stuck in Knoxville” I immediately thought of Dylan’s “Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again”.



    • Ridge Runner
      3:11 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      That right! I hear ya!



    • nocode96
      3:34 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      I see Bob Dylan, I comment. I grew up, literally, going to Grateful Dead shows. My first one was at 9 months old, saw over 150 before Jerry died, I was 13 when he did. Been to over 200 GD affiliated shows since, The Dead used to do a cover of “stuck inside of mobile” with Bobby Weir singing. In 87, I was 5 and they were touring with Bob Dylan. He would come out and play with them. This song has always had a place in my heart.



    • Nickerbocker05
      5:44 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      Nocode96 I was born at a dead concert in 86



    • 4everUKblue
      3:46 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      Wow that’s a lot of concerts and at such an early age code! That’s one of my favorite Dylan songs.



  8. notFromhere
    3:28 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

    Not a damn thing reassuring about THAT! Somebody is either stoned, or “writing and driving” this article. Slow down young fella, pull over and think before you hit the publish button



    • Ridge Runner
      3:49 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      Umm, Purty sure… (Dub loves me) where was I? Oh purty sure the writer was doing a tongue-in-cheek thing here Dad.



    • notFromhere
      8:09 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

      I don’t wanna know where his tongue is, bow-oy. I say…I say TMI. Dont wanna know whose cheek either



  9. sincitycat
    4:05 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

    If there were a god I doubt she would give a damn about the college basketball coaches. I would hope she was busy curing cancer, hunger, racism, etc.



  10. Papaw
    6:23 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

    Gotta make Tennessee fans and recruits feel loved



  11. byzr
    6:33 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

    Makes sense to me but says a lot that money can get him out of Tennessee after such a good couple years.



  12. notFromhere
    10:07 pm April 16, 2019 Permalink

    Show me the money- Rick (I’m outta here) Barnes