Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Texas and Barnes parted ways last week.
The Longhorns finished 20-14 this season and had not advanced beyond the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament since advancing to the Elite Eight in 2008. Barnes had a record of 402-180 in 17 seasons with Texas, and 604-314 overall.
Barnes, 60, took Texas to the NCAA Tournament in 16 of 17 seasons at the school.
Rob Lanier, a Barnes assistant at Texas, will likely join the staff at Tennessee, a source said.
Barnes is the second new coach in the SEC in as many weeks, following Mississippi State’s hiring of Ben Howland last week.
They will join a group of high-profile coaches, including Kentucky’s John Calipari, Florida’s Billy Donovan, Auburn’s Bruce Pearl and South Carolina’s Frank Martin. The Alabama job remains open.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.