It’s been no well-kept secret for the past few years that Texas Men’s Head Basketball coach Rick Barnes is not the most popular man among the fan base, given how poorly the team has fared over the past few seasons–well, in their eyes. Well for those detractors, there is some bad news on Thursday as the school has signed the coach to a two-year contract extension through 2018-19.
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) August 21, 2014
At one point, Barnes was regarded as one of the most popular coaches in the country, building a powerhouse of a basketball program in the football-hungry state of Texas. But recently, things have fallen off, but not really to the point yet that he should be let go from his job.
Last season, the team did start to show some vast improvement. In their run to an NCAA Tournament bid, Barnes and the Longhorns finished the year at 24-11, showing that they could one day maybe get back to how effective they were earlier on in Barnes’ tenure, which began in 1998 when he came over from Clemson.
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