Posts Tagged ‘rick barnes’

DeLoss Dodds: Presumed Competent.

Posted by    |    April 22nd, 2013 at 1:08 pm


There was an extraordinary article in the SA Express News from Mike Finger that offered clarity with respect to what DeLoss Dodds is doing to shore up a struggling Texas athletics program.


Dodds said he hasn’t summoned Mack Brown or Rick Barnes to his office for any ultimatums. He hasn’t told them they’d better show improvement this year or be gone.

Why not?

He simply presumes it will be fixed.

Oh. I see. Presumed competent. That six weeks Dodds spent at the Secrets of Somali Management Techniques Symposia was well spent.

“I don’t tell coaches what they have to do,” Dodds said. “Mack Brown knows what he has to do. Rick Barnes knows what he has to do.”


Big 12 Tournament: Kansas St. Wildcats 66, Texas Longhorns 49

Posted by    |    March 15th, 2013 at 8:01 am


I never really had much hope that the Texas Longhorns would win this game, but it’s still somewhat depressing to see the season end with a whimper. For what it’s worth, head coach Rick Barnes says he expects Texas to receive an invitation to the CBI Tournament. Aim high.

Myck Kabongo picked a bad time to have a(nother) bad game: just 2 points on 0-5 shooting, and 5 turnovers to offset his 7 assists. Jonathan Holmes was the only starter to score in double figures, and he had just 10. Julien Lewis led the team with 13 points overall.


Scott Drew and Rick Barnes: The Crossroads?

Posted by    |    March 5th, 2013 at 3:06 am


There are only three Big 12 coaches left from 2003, Scott Drew’s first year at Baylor — Drew, Rick Barnes and Bill Self. It’s hard to imagine Drew and Barnes as “deans” of anything, but they really are conference institutions. They’ve gone toe-to-toe with guys like Kelvin Sampson, Bobby Knight and Quin Snyder and they’ve watched rival schools goes through cycles of head coaches. Does anyone actually remember the Jim Woolridge era at Kansas State or Wayne Morgan’s time at Iowa State?

Unless Texas makes an unlikely run in the conference tournament, they will miss the NCAA’s for the first time since Barnes came to Austin in 1998. If there’s any consolation to be found, it comes from their 79-70 win over Baylor last night, when they put what was almost certainly the final nail in the Bears’ coffin this season. In its own way, 2013 has been as big a disaster for Drew as it has for Barnes. Going forward, the question becomes whether they can re-find their place behind Self in the Big 12 hierarchy or whether a new generation of coaches will push them down the standings and out of the post-season.


Should We Leave Rick Barnes Alone?

Posted by    |    January 16th, 2013 at 3:06 pm


Earlier this week, an article made its rounds around the Longhorn interwebs. In a very good piece titled “Leave Rick Barnes Alone”, C.J. Moore of Basketball Prospectus defends the embattled coach of the Texas Longhorns basketball program.

Barnes is a good coach. His record (and I’ll get to that momentarily) says as much, despite what’s happening this year in circumstances that would make any coach struggle. Every coach has his flaws and Barnes has a few, but his past success says he’s doing something right. Yet when you say anything like this, you might as well be defending tobacco. You will get killed on Twitter.

Whether you agree with the premise of the post or not, Moore succinctly, yet thoroughly, outlines key reasons why Barnes doth not deserve the scorn heaped upon him. I’m not out to “kill” Moore for his arguments, but I did want to offer some alternative viewpoints.

Does Barnes recruit?

The answer, unequivocally, is yes. From T.J. Ford to Kevin Durant to Tristan Thompson, Barnes has done a fantastic job at Texas recruiting (inter)nationally. Rather, Moore’s argument isn’t so much that Barnes can recruit, but that instead, Barnes has been a victim of timing and oversuccess.


Julien ‘Juice’ Lewis joins Longhorn Network’s "Game Plan with Rick Barnes"

Posted by    |    January 15th, 2013 at 12:07 pm