After guiding Tennessee to one of its most successful seasons ever on the men’s side of college basketball, Rick Barnes found himself with a tough choice to make. Leave the Volunteers and head out west to start building a team at UCLA or stick with the team he had already assembled.
Despite being offered a reported $5 million, not including any incentives mind you, from the Bruins, Barnes has chosen to stay in Knoxville. Barnes, formerly of Texas, won the Naismith Coach of the Year Award a couple of days ago for taking the Vols to the #1 ranking for a month this past season. He also oversaw them going from 15 wins a year ago to 31. It was paramount they kept him, and they have managed to do just that.