Tennessee hoops coaching search update 2.0


Donnie Tyndall is out, and Tennessee men’s basketball beat reporter Ben Frederickson is tracking the developments of UT’s search for its next coach here on the blog, posting links to News Sentinel reporting and information from other outlets. Consider this your one-stop shop for coaching search coverage and the non-stop chatter that comes along with it. Maybe we can even have some fun along the way.

  • The idea of fired Texas coach Rick Barnes jumping from one UT to the other has moved to the forefront of the discussion. Barnes’ resume includes a Final Four appearance in 2003, along with 16 NCAA tournament trips in 17 seasons with the Longhorns. He’s a strong recruiter who landed 10 first-round draft picks since 2011. Barnes is originally from Hickory, North Carolina. His wife, Candy, is a Tennessee alum, according to the NBCSports.com report that said the Tennessee job “absolutely” belongs to Barnes if he wants it. Barnes didn’t always deliver on the high expectations Texas desires, but his program was stable, something Tennessee desperately needs.
  • The Texas job being open changes the landscape considerably. Just ask Alabama, which was reportedly gearing up to throw big money at Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall. That chance might be gone now. Marshall has reportedly been eyeing the Longhorns for some time. Texas is now offering the most appealing vacancy. It will trickle down to affect other hires.
  • Something to note: Barnes is 60. Belmont coach Rick Byrd is 61. Just pointing it out. You can’t say one is too old and not the other.
  • Bobby Hurley (Buffalo) and Bryce Drew (Valparaiso) both want the DePaul job “badly”, according to the Chicago Tribune. The report says Hurley interviewed yesterday. Drew will interview today.
  • Louisiana Tech’s Michael White sounded like a guy not interested in moving in this recent interview. But what is he supposed to say? White lost three senior starters from last season’s team. Fran Fraschilla thinks White, who turned down an offer from the Vols last season, would make a great fit at UT or Alabama.
  • Speaking of UT and Alabama, Pat Forde seems to think Minnesota’s Richard Pitino is interested in coaching the Crimson Tide. Pitino has also been linked to the Vos. The likely connection for both is C.M. Newton. He was Hart’s basketball coach at Alabama, then hired Pitino’s father while he was the Kentucky athletic director. Pitino’s buyout is $1.5 million if he leaves before April 30, 2016. That’s three times what UT paid for Tyndall’s buyout last season.
  • ESPN reports Danny Hurley has agreed to a restructured deal at Rhode Island.
  • UT is not expected to announce the name of the search firm it is working with to make the hire. It hired Parker Executive Search in Atlanta for the hires of athletic director Dave Hart and former men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin.
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