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Tennessee Closing in on Rick Barnes

With the coaching carousel in constant motion these last couple of days, the latest report that is picking up steam is ex-Texas coach Rick Barnes is close to accepting the vacant head coaching job at Tennessee.

According to source close to CBSSports, Barnes is in the middle of finalizing a deal to take over the Tennessee program after they fired Donnie Tyndall last week.

Tennessee has offered its opening to Rick Barnes and, barring a late snag in negotiations, the former Texas coach is expected to accept, a source told CBSSports.com.
A deal could be finalized by the end of Monday, a source said.

While at Texas, Barnes compiled a 402-180 record (186-94 in the Big 12) and went to the NCAA Tournament in 16 of his 17 seasons there, while reaching the Final Four in 2003 as well as taking the Longhorns to two Elite Eight and two Sweet 16 appearances.

With his inability to get the most out of his teams (losing in the first or second round in 11 of those 16 appearances),   even with having the likes of Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge and T.J. Ford, Texas decided over the weekend they wanted to go in a new direction.

Barnes will try to bring some stability to a Tennessee program that has had three head coaches (including Bruce Pearl and Cuonzo Martin) in the last four years. After stops at George Mason, Providence and Clemson, Barnes boasts an overall coaching record of 604-313.

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