Texas head coach Rick Barnes is not expected to return for his 18th season, according to 247Sports.
Barnes compiled a 402-180 record and went to two Elite 8’s with the Longhorns. Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson demanded personnel changes to the basketball assistant coaching staff, and it does not appear Barnes is willing to comply with those changes.
Texas has reached the NCAA Tournament in 16 of the 17 seasons Barnes has been at the helm, and he is the school’s all-time leader in wins. The last seven seasons have not met expectations in Austin, though.
In the first 10 years after arriving from Clemson, Barnes took the Longhorns to the Sweet 16 five times and won the conference three times. In that span they went to a Final Four in 2003.
Expectations were high this season as Texas started the year in the top 10, but a 9-11 mark in the Big 12 and barely getting into the NCAA tournament made for a disappointing output.
Barnes received a 2-year extension last year and will receive a $1.75 million if the contract is terminated before April 1st of this year. If he is forced out after that date, the buyout will be reduced to 1.5 million.
Stay tuned to Today’s U for further updates on the coaching search in Austin.