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March 31st, 2015

Tennessee To Hire Rick Barnes

Kyle Spinner @K_Spinz
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Tennessee has hired Rick Barnes to be their next mens basketball coach. (Photo: AP)

It didn’t take long for Rick Barnes to find a new job.

After getting fired from Texas over the weekend, Barnes has accepted an offer to coach another orange team that goes by UT, the University of Tennessee.

“Rick Barnes is an elite basketball coach in every respect,” Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart said in a statement. “Rick brings an extremely impressive track record of excellence, as well as much-needed stability, to our men’s basketball program. This is an exciting day for our Tennessee family.”

Tennessee has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday afternoon, where Barnes will be formally introduced. He will be the school’s fourth men’s basketball coach in six seasons.

Barnes is the all time wins leader in University of Texas history. Barnes is 604-314 in 28 seasons as a head coach, with stops at George Mason, Providence and Clemson.

Barnes replaces Donnie Tyndell, who was fired after one season because of “unethical conduct” while he was the coach at Southern Mississippi.

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