A few weeks ago, The Chronicle of Higher Education had a report of academic impropriety occurring at Texas under the watch of ex-head coach Rick Barnes. Barnes, who is now coaching at Tennessee, has finally responded by saying there is “no legs” to the report, while distancing himself from the matter.
Texas president Greg Fenves recently ordered a full review of all academic services at the school. Fenves has already stated that Barnes’ departure at Texas had nothing to with this report.
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And now Barnes has spoken out on this, essentially washing his hands of it and showing no signs of any bad news to come. At least, nothing that can implicate him.
“If you read the article, from my point of view, there’s no legs to it,” Barnes told media members on Monday, referencing the Chronicle’s story. “I think Texas has said everything that needed to be said. I’m sure they’ll proceed with whatever they think they have to do there, but it was made clear that I had no involvement in it, which I knew. If I thought there was something, I would address (it). The fact it has no legs, I’m not really concerned about it.”
Ex-Longhorns Martez Walker, J’Covan Brown and P.J. Tucker were said to have been assisted in passing classes with the help of aides, with some using cell phones to cheat on tests.