Chris Low & Rob Lewis reporting Rick Barnes will stay

livefaith

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"The University of Tennessee and East Tennessee as a whole have developed an enhanced love and appreciation for our men's basketball program and its culture under Rick's leadership, and I'm thrilled that he will remain a part of our Tennessee Athletics family.

I'm grateful to Rick and Candy, and I'm also grateful to our university leadership, which stepped up to show Rick how much he is valued and appreciated. Our commitment to basketball has never been stronger, and we're all excited for the future as we move forward."

- Tennessee Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer
 
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Kind of conflicted on this one.

Feels good to throw out weight around a little bit - not so sure we don’t look dumb for doing it for this guy in 5 years though.

Rick is a good guy and a good coach. Hopefully it works out, but my worries are still there - that we peaked this year and will only tread water going forward.

Time will tell.
 

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Barnes is a great coach but this was about more than that. If you want to cement yourself as a legit program you don’t let other programs come and steal your coach. The fact that Tennessee (which is not basketball school like UCLA) was able to keep him says that Fulmer is serious about winning.

If Barnes can continue to make sweet 16s and maybe some elite 8s the next few years until he retires it makes the job much more desirable for the next hire.
 

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The sweet sixteen is like the gator bowl.

How many great coaches top out at the gator bowl?

Just saying.
Is the Sweet Sixteen better than the NIT?

And let’s be real... TN makes half their free throws in he first half vs Purdue, like they did all season, and they win that game and head to E8.

I bet you would be one of the first ones beechin about ADs lack of commitment to win if we let Barnes walk and hired a mid major up and comer on the cheap.
 

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