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Why was Rick Barnes fired at Tennessee?

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It’s a storyline and matchup that was circled immediately on Selection Sunday when the South Region was released — both teams just needed to get there.

Tennessee vs. Texas — or, more accurately, Vols coach Rick Barnes vs. his former Longhorns squad — in March Madness.

Tennessee Vols basketball coach Rick Barnes suffered another loss against a lesser seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The No. 3 seed Vols lost 76-68 against No. 11 seed Michigan in the second round of the SEC Tournament on Saturday in Indianapolis. That loss pushes Barnes’ NCAA Tournament record to 25-26 as a head coach.

Barnes’ Vols teams have made four NCAA Tournament appearances. Tennessee has lost three times to double-digit seeds in those four appearances, and each Vols’ NCAA Tournament loss has come against a lesser seed in the Barnes era. Since Barnes’ 2007-08 Texas team advanced to the Elite Eight, Barnes’ squads have made the second weekend of the tournament once (2018-19 Tennessee) in 10 tries.

That matchup will come to fruition on Saturday 2-seed Tennessee takes on 7-seed Texas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament inside Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

And so, as the lead-up to tip-off approaches and as Tennessee looks to punch its ticket back to the Sweet 16, let’s revisit what led to Barnes being fired at Texas and ultimately finding his way to Rocky Top.

Why was Rick Barnes fired at Texas? How former Longhorns coach came to

It’s a storyline and matchup that was circled immediately on Selection Sunday when the South Region was released — both teams just needed to get there.

Tennessee vs. Texas — or, more accurately, Vols coach Rick Barnes vs. his former Longhorns squad — in March Madness.

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That matchup will come to fruition on Saturday 2-seed Tennessee takes on 7-seed Texas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament inside Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

And so, as the lead-up to tip-off approaches and as Tennessee looks to punch its ticket back to the Sweet 16, let’s revisit what led to Barnes being fired at Texas and ultimately finding his way to Rocky Top.

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Here is what you need to know about what led to Barnes’ time in Austin coming to an end:

Where did Rick Barnes coach before Tennessee?

Before joining the Vols, Barnes coached the Texas Longhorns for 17 seasons before he was ultimately fired in 2015. He was hired by the Vols when his predecessor, Donnie Tyndall, was fired after just one year in Knoxville for lying about the extent of NCAA violations he committed at Southern Mississippi.

2001-02:  22-12 as a 6-seed; won vs. 11-seed Boston College in Round of 64, won vs. 3-seed Mississippi State in Round of 32, lost to 2-seed Oregon in Sweet 16

2002-03:  26-7 as a 1-seed; won vs. 16-seed UNC Asheville in Round of 64, won vs. 9-seed Purdue in Round of 32, won vs. 5-seed UConn in Sweet 16, won vs. 7-seed Michigan State in Elite Eight, lost to 3-seed Syracuse in Final Four

 

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