Tennessee extends Rick Barnes by 2023-24 season | NCAA Basketball


Tennessee has prolonged males’s basketball coach Rick Barnes’ contract by the 2023-24 season, athletic director Phillip Fulmer mentioned Thursday.

Monetary phrases of the extension weren’t introduced.

Barnes, the reigning SEC Coach of the Yr and runner-up for the Naismith Nationwide Coach of the Yr, is 57-44 in three seasons at Tennessee however is coming off a exceptional turnaround season in Knoxville during which the Vols went 26-9.

“Tennessee is a really particular place, and I imagine this program is able to engaging in very particular issues,” Barnes mentioned in a press release. “I actually imagine I am surrounded by the perfect workers in school basketball. I additionally respect the way in which Tennessee followers have embraced this system and supported our gamers.

Picked to complete 13th within the 14-team SEC, the Volunteers gained the 2017-18 regular-season title with a 13-5 mark. Although Tennessee misplaced within the SEC Event championship, it earned a No. three seed within the NCAA Event, the place it gained its opener however fell to Loyola, In poor health., within the second spherical.

“Rick has carried out an distinctive job of reestablishing our males’s basketball program right into a championship-level program,” Fulmer mentioned in a press release. “He stepped into what was a troublesome scenario as our program was struggling to search out stability, and he is in a short time instilled a successful tradition throughout a time when Southeastern Convention basketball is changing into more and more aggressive. … Our run to an SEC Championship final season energized your complete Tennessee fan base in a really particular means, and I imagine that vitality and pleasure will proceed to flourish with Rick main our program ahead.”

Coming into the 2018-19 season, Tennessee returns its prime six scorers, all 5 starters and 90 % of its offensive manufacturing from final 12 months’s championship crew. The Vols are listed within the prime 5 nationally in a number of early preseason projections.

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