March, 2015


Here’s why Tennessee had to hire Rick Barnes

What do you do if you’re Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart and a coach who has won 70 percent of his career games, has made more NCAA Tournament appearances (22) than the Vols have made in their history (20) and has won everywhere he’s been (George Mason, Providence, Clemson, Texas) drops into your lap? You hire him, that’s what you do. So when Texas parted ways with its 17-year coach, Rick Barnes, over the weekend, Hart, who had also parted ways with his own coach, Donnie Tyndall, after just oneRead More

Here’s what I’d do if I were hiring Tennessee’s basketball coach

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It seems incredible that Tennessee is now looking for its third basketball coach in four years. Which way does athletic director Dave Hart go now? How can this mess be fixed? It’s going to take some vision, some guts, some basketball expertise to find a coach that is committed to a system, loves the recruiting game, interacts well with fans and does things the right way. But those kinds of coaches are out there, and I’m telling you that Tennessee is a coveted job. No one’s asked my opinion, butRead More