Tennessee Head Coach Rick Barnes has emerged as a serious candidate in the search for head coach at UCLA, several sources tell 247Sports.
The Bruins have had a sinister search for coaches since they split from Steve Alford on December 31. Among the names that have been linked to the search for UCLA coaches in the last week are: Jamie Dixon and Mick Cronin. The purchase of $ 8 million from Dixon with TCU, a sum that the Bruins were not willing to pay, prevented a deal from being made.
Barnes signed a contract extension with Tennessee last fall, giving him an annual salary of $ 3.25 million, the second highest in the SEC, behind John Calipari of Kentucky. Under that extension, the Barnes purchase is $ 5 million.
Barnes, 64, has been in charge of Tennessee for the past four years, compiling an 88-50 record. Last season was one of the best campaigns in the history of the school; the Volunteers went 31-6, winning a part of the regular season's SEC title, and making a trip to the Sweet Sixteen. Barnes was named Naismith's Coach of the Year in 2019.
Prior to his time in Tennessee, Barnes spent the previous 17 seasons in Texas. Barnes led the Longhorns to a Final Four in 2003. In 32 years of training, the native of Hickory, North Carolina, has 24 appearances in the NCAA Tournament (24-24). UCLA had a record of 17-16 this season, missed the NCAA Tournament for the second time in four seasons (the Bruins lost a game of the First Four last year). Alford accumulated a record of 124-63 at Westwood before his dismissal.
Rob Lanier, Tennessee badistant, was hired as the new head coach of Georgia State on April 5. Outside of his 2018-19 squad, Tennessee loses Admiral Schofield upon graduation, while baseman Jordan Bone told 247Sports last week that he was declaring for the NBA Draft with full intention. to be pro. Williams player of the year in a row, Grant Williams, a junior, has not made any announcement about his future, but is expected to at least try the NBA waters project. Volunteers have the current clbad No. 29 in the 247Sports Composite Team Recruitment Ranking for the 2019 clbad, led by the five-star combo Josiah-Jordan James.