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.
Barnes: "In my mind, that's what I was thinking." Said he prayed and asked God for clarity. He said when UCLA came back with their decision "I knew I wasn't supposed to be at UCLA."
— David Ubben (@davidubben) April 16, 2019
Sorry, Rick. You’re stuck in Knoxville.