Rick Barnes and the Tennessee Basketball Uprising

Discussion in 'Men’s Basketball' started by El Torito, Jan 30, 2019.

  1. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    I dont know about this but there it is

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  2. Sangre Naranjada

    Sangre Naranjada Liquor Man

    I'd say Barnes is easily top 3, but I'd award the thing to Tech's coach.
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  3. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    Yeah but Barnes coaches in the biggest baddest Conference ever to have roamed the earth! :lol:
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  4. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

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  5. Vol Horn 4 Life

    Vol Horn 4 Life 5,000+ Posts

    Why would he do that?
  6. yelladawgdem

    yelladawgdem 1,000+ Posts

    Rocky Top

    Which one of these doesn't belong together? He is not a media crazy guy. I just can't see him taking that job. If he wants it, I hope he jumps on it.

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  7. blonthang

    blonthang 2,500+ Posts

    Well, what I'm about to list are obvious, but here goes: it's historically one of the elite programs, at least while Wooden was there, 10 natties plus 1 from Harrick, more than any other school, recruiting should be easy in LA, deep talent pool, spotlights of LA, it would likely pay more, he's hot right now with how he put Dayglo in the national mix for BB, it's not the SEC, he gets away from a program with a shade of orange and UT as it's short title, he gets away from Bruce Pearl (his SEC kryptonite, as Frank Martin was at the Big 12), UCLA is down now and he's shown he can lift a program up from a low spot into at least an Elite 8 level.

    That's enough, I guess.

    Edit: well, maybe not enough.

    There could be a bigger reason IMHO, but with some of the above as a backdrop. My recollection of his firing at Texas was that Patterson insisted he let go one or two of his assistants; Barnes refused and even offered to pay their salaries out of his own pocket; Patterson still insisted --- at least that's what I think I read about it all back then.

    He was out of a job with hat in hand, and though I'm not suggesting that Dayglo took advantage of him, who knows what deal he got with them to sign on, and what his relationship is with Fulmer. But it sure seemed like he took the job but really wanted to stay at UT Austin.

    Maybe that he's kind of hot property right now, even though 60+ years old, maybe UCLA is giving him a very wide berth in calling his own shots and might see this as his last chance in his career to either make or break his legacy. Maybe his discussions with UCLA (linked reporting suggests this has already happened) have given him a warm fuzzy and he would like to just "go West, old man" and give it a go. On his terms this time?
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  8. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    Top historic college program of all time?
    The weather?
    Wants to produce movies?
    So he can surf?
    UCLA cheer?

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  9. blonthang

    blonthang 2,500+ Posts

    I have NOT seen hotter on campus.
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  10. Vol Horn 4 Life

    Vol Horn 4 Life 5,000+ Posts

    All good points, but at 64 years old and toward the end of his career moving cross country for a high powered microscope job seemed off for him.

    Then some have hinted he's losing almost all of his talent this year leaving him to start over and possibly have the program drop significantly next year. If he leaves after this year he could coach the last few years in a program that's been down. Can't be blamed for Tennessee drop and wouldn't be blamed if UCLA doesn't become great under him. Then he retires comfortably.
  11. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    I take every excuse to post that pic
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  12. blonthang

    blonthang 2,500+ Posts

    You are an outstanding citizen.

    If I could nominate you for a Nobel Prize in ..... WHATEVER .... I would just for your generosity to all on HornFans for posting that pic as much as you can.
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  13. SabreHorn

    SabreHorn 5,000+ Posts

    Why would he take it?

    Three words - Phat Phil Fulmer

    Coming from Hickory, NC, I have no idea if Rick likes Asian or Kosher food or not.
  14. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    Someone asked Penders about it

  15. txlandagent

    txlandagent 500+ Posts

    My UCLA-Texas insider just said Barnes to UCLA is a done deal.
  16. txlandagent

    txlandagent 500+ Posts

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  17. Walking Boss

    Walking Boss 1,000+ Posts

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    uisge beatha 1,000+ Posts

  19. Vol Horn 4 Life

    Vol Horn 4 Life 5,000+ Posts

    It's hard to lure away a coach to California when he just pulled off a amazing job coaching a team loaded with blue chips to a 16-16 regular season record. I'm sure CDC had a few one on ones with him over the past few days convincing him to stay.
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  20. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

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