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Title: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: ricepig on March 30, 2015, 02:58:27 pm
@BruceFeldmanCFB: From UT to UT RT @ChipBrownHD Sources tell HD, Rick Barnes, let go by #Texas Sunday, is expected to be named the next coach at #Tennessee.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: Hawg Red on March 30, 2015, 02:59:03 pm
That's the word.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: ricepig on March 30, 2015, 03:01:44 pm
That's the word.

@BruceFeldmanCFB:From UT to UT RT @ChipBrownHD Sources tell HD, Rick Barnes, let go by #Texas Sunday, is expected to be named the next coach at #Tennessee.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: Hawg Red on March 30, 2015, 03:03:46 pm
Barnes definitely did enough to get canned from Texas for what they were paying him, but that's an excellent hire for Tennessee. Outstanding hire, really, given everything that's gone on there in recent years. Better than Martin and Tyndall.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: HSVhogfan2 on March 30, 2015, 03:04:32 pm
SEC is going to be very good in years to come
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: Cresthog on March 30, 2015, 03:05:27 pm
Good hire for them.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 30, 2015, 03:12:42 pm
 Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  8m 8 minutes ago

If Barnes isn't Tennessee's next coach, a lot of national folks going to be wrong. No word from Vols officials yet. That doesn't mean much.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: Razorbackwarrior79 on March 30, 2015, 03:13:20 pm
Yeah that is a Home Run for them. By all accounts Rick Barnes is a high integrity individual. After the Pearl, Cuonzo and Tyndall debacles it was important to get someone of integrity. I think their future success is predicated on getting that program turned around internally and is even more important than winning at this point because all that was left was to let that dumpster fire burnout. I think this hire also probably saves AD Hart's job too.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: tusked on March 30, 2015, 03:14:01 pm
its all about coaching.

the better the coaching in the SEC the better the league.

I think MSU hit a home run with their hire.  I think Barnes is a B hire for TN but it still improves and helps the league.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: MikePiazza on March 30, 2015, 03:14:28 pm
If Alabama finds a way to get Gregg Marshall, just look at the coaching assignments for next season:

Alabama-Gregg Marshall
Arkansas-Mike Anderson
Auburn-Bruce Pearl
Florida-Billy Donovan (assuming no jump to NBA)
Georgia-Mark Fox
Kentucky-John Calipari (assuming no jump to NBA)
LSU-Johnny Jones
Mississippi-Andy Kennedy
Mississippi St.-Ben Howland
Missouri-Kim Anderson
S. Carolina-Frank Martin
Tennessee-Rick Barnes
Texas A&M-Billy Kennedy
Vanderbilt-Kevin Stallings

Every coach has made MULTIPLE NCAA tournaments but Kim Anderson.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: kaki on March 30, 2015, 03:17:15 pm
He may do great at Tennessee, but he does not strike fear into me, thinking about facing him.  His recent coaching record, with pretty decent talent, makes me wonder if had not retired about 4 years ago and had forgotten to inform the AD.  Tennessee needed a name and got it to feed its need for relevance, now we see what the name can do.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 30, 2015, 03:24:05 pm
 Chip Brown @ChipBrownHD  ·  Mar 29

Rick Barnes said Thursday's reports quoting sources about Steve Patterson wanting Barnes' staff changes were leaked by the university.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 30, 2015, 03:27:37 pm
 Wes Rucker @wesrucker247  ·  19m 19 minutes ago

Looks like Rick Barnes was the player to be named later in the Davy-Crockett-to-Texas deal.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 30, 2015, 03:49:27 pm
Gary ParrishVerified account ‏@GaryParrishCBS

Here’s the latest on Rick Barnes and Tennessee, according to what a source told @CBSSports: http://cbsprt.co/1BXWxRP

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Barring a late snag in negotiations, Barnes is expected to accept an offer and become the Vols' next head coach. He's spent the past 17 seasons at Texas.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 30, 2015, 03:55:34 pm
 Kirk Bohls @kbohls  ·  Mar 29

T.J. Ford once asked Barnes if he could take a game over. Rick said, "Be my guest."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: LRrazorback on March 30, 2015, 03:58:33 pm
Can't see him winning big at TN, if he was only mediocre with all the talent at TX.  Probably better than the preacher they just fired
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: 3kgthog on March 30, 2015, 04:13:01 pm
Marshall isn't going to Bama. From what I read over the weekend, he has said he's interested in Texas and for Bama to not waste their time pursuing him.

I'm happy Barnes might be at Tennessee. He'll squander any talent he gets. Kentucky just got another coach to hammer on.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: HOGINTENNESSEE on March 30, 2015, 04:17:24 pm
Marshall isn't going to Bama. From what I read over the weekend, he has said he's interested in Texas and for Bama to not waste their time pursuing him.

I'm happy Barnes might be at Tennessee. He'll squander any talent he gets. Kentucky just got another coach to hammer on.

I wouldn't say Marshall has no interest has he did meet with the Bama AD today. Also there are some rumors that Smart is UT's number 1 target.  So he it really wants to move Bama is an option. Of course he could just be playing both for a Raise at his current job
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: WooPig90 on March 30, 2015, 04:33:53 pm
He had some great talent at Texas but didnt do a whole lot with it. I am not scare
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: onebadrubi on March 30, 2015, 04:47:24 pm
Marshall isn't going to Bama. From what I read over the weekend, he has said he's interested in Texas and for Bama to not waste their time pursuing him.

I'm happy Barnes might be at Tennessee. He'll squander any talent he gets. Kentucky just got another coach to hammer on.

You do realize he's at bama right now interviewing and it's publicly known. 
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: PoormansRobbyHampton on March 30, 2015, 04:49:08 pm
Marshall isn't going to Bama. From what I read over the weekend, he has said he's interested in Texas and for Bama to not waste their time pursuing him.

I'm happy Barnes might be at Tennessee. He'll squander any talent he gets. Kentucky just got another coach to hammer on.

Absolutely. I'm pulling for this so hard.

He made one Final Four at Texas? With all of the talent that he's had over the years?

Call me crazy, but I just don't think that Tennessee will turn out that many players. Could be wrong though.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jlhogfan on March 30, 2015, 05:53:04 pm
I hate Texas too, but why does everybody think it is so easy to win basketball championships there?
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: Biggus Piggus on March 30, 2015, 05:58:20 pm
Can't see him winning big at TN, if he was only mediocre with all the talent at TX.  Probably better than the preacher they just fired

Rick Barnes is not going to excite anybody in the Tennessee fan base. It is a "please don't fire me" move by their AD, risk-averse with modest potential gain.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: latrops on March 30, 2015, 06:03:29 pm
I think this is a really good hire for Tennessee, given where the program is right now.  On the surface it doesn't appear to be a homerun hire with huge upside, but that may not be a completely fair assumption.  In the 7 seasons from 2002 through 2008, he went to two Sweet 16s, two Eilite 8s, and one Final Four.  In the last 7 seasons, however, he hasn't even been to one Sweet 16.  He has both been very highly regarded and considered a disappointment in the last 10 years.  The baseline, though, is program stability and regular NCAAT appearances.  Not a bad thing given where Tennessee is right now, and there is the potential for Elite 8 or better results as he has been there before.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: latrops on March 30, 2015, 06:13:09 pm
Rick Barnes is not going to excite anybody in the Tennessee fan base. It is a "please don't fire me" move by their AD, risk-averse with modest potential gain.

Fan bases aren't typically realistic or reasonable, nor do they have any accountability.  They expect coaches like Gruden.  They want to bring back a coach who had to sit out three seasons for lying to the NCAA and who has never been to a Final Four....DAYS after firing a coach that is about to get punished by the NCAA.  In the meantime many will turn their nose up at a guy that has been to the Final Four and a couple of Elite 8s while running a clean, stable program.  Clean and stable isn't sexy.  Deep NCAAT runs in the last couple of years is what excites people.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: Sue E NoNutts on March 30, 2015, 06:27:33 pm
From one ugly orange to another......
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: rhog1 on March 30, 2015, 07:05:31 pm
Rick Barnes is not going to excite anybody in the Tennessee fan base. It is a "please don't fire me" move by their AD, risk-averse with modest potential gain.
I think the thinking is that Barnes will be there 5 or 6 years, and bring Tennessee out of its current dumpster fire status and back to respectable so they can attract a big time hire when Barnes retires. At least that is the impression I got from reading volnation. If so then it is a smart move by Tennessee, they cant afford another bad hire. 
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: BDSCT51 on March 30, 2015, 07:49:26 pm
The baseline, though, is program stability and regular NCAAT appearances.  Not a bad thing given where Tennessee is right now, and there is the potential for Elite 8 or better results as he has been there before.

This is what he'll bring to vol nation's BB program. A solid hire.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: BadHog on March 30, 2015, 10:51:04 pm
Orange is the new.....

whatever!
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: SooiecidetillNuttgone on March 30, 2015, 11:04:02 pm
I am not scare

+1
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: Sow Lancelot on March 31, 2015, 04:58:55 am
From one ugly orange to another......

EOE-A to EOE-K
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 31, 2015, 06:03:39 am
 Patrick Brown @patrickbrownTFP  ·  22s 22 seconds ago

From last night: Tennessee appears to be closing in on hiring Rick Barnes as its basketball coach. http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/sports/college/story/2015/mar/31/vols-reportedly-closes-locking-barnes/296126/ …
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: Smithian on March 31, 2015, 06:57:54 am
If Alabama finds a way to get Gregg Marshall, just look at the coaching assignments for next season:

Alabama-Gregg Marshall
Arkansas-Mike Anderson
Auburn-Bruce Pearl
Florida-Billy Donovan (assuming no jump to NBA)
Georgia-Mark Fox
Kentucky-John Calipari (assuming no jump to NBA)
LSU-Johnny Jones
Mississippi-Andy Kennedy
Mississippi St.-Ben Howland
Missouri-Kim Anderson
S. Carolina-Frank Martin
Tennessee-Rick Barnes
Texas A&M-Billy Kennedy
Vanderbilt-Kevin Stallings

Every coach has made MULTIPLE NCAA tournaments but Kim Anderson.

Poor Missouri.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: HOGINTENNESSEE on March 31, 2015, 07:10:08 am
Poor Missouri.

Yeah it looks like a which one of these doesn't belong puzzle.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: TNhawgfan on March 31, 2015, 07:13:40 am
He will not recruit Durant type athletes to Knoxville. He is a do less with more guy. The kind of coach who could have D-Mac, Felix, and Hillis in the same backfield and not make a BCS bowl. I not scare either
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: latrops on March 31, 2015, 08:52:12 am
He will not recruit Durant type athletes to Knoxville. He is a do less with more guy. The kind of coach who could have D-Mac, Felix, and Hillis in the same backfield and not make a BCS bowl. I not scare either

He had Durant for one year and didn't make the Sweet 16.  His Final Four team was led by TJ Ford and Brandon Mouton.  Good players, but not super stars.

We lost to Tyndall.  Nobody is scared, but it's not as though we consistently dominate everyone, everywhere.  We are likely to lose in Knoxville on occasion. 
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 31, 2015, 09:11:56 am

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN  ·  29m 29 minutes ago

Rick Barnes to Tennessee is done, sources told ESPN. News conference later today.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 31, 2015, 09:28:17 am

Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  1m 1 minute ago

Talk is Tennessee went a little north of $2 million per season on Barnes contract. Working to confirm. Hart said he wasn't afraid to spend.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CBbqQm-UwAE2Ebk.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 31, 2015, 09:33:20 am
 Chip Brown @ChipBrownHD  ·  Mar 29

Rick Barnes: "Will I coach again? Yeah. Probably quicker than you think."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 31, 2015, 09:53:11 am
 Wes Rucker @wesrucker247  ·  38m 38 minutes ago

#Vols men’s hoops coach has been to more Final Fours than #LadyVols coach. WHAT PLANET IS THIS??? IS EVERYONE OK???
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: TNhawgfan on March 31, 2015, 09:57:08 am

We lost to Tyndall.  Nobody is scared, but it's not as though we consistently dominate everyone, everywhere.  We are likely to lose in Knoxville on occasion. 
Well, I agree with that because we always lose in Knoxville. Even when they had Wade Houston and we had Nolan, they seemed to either win or give us all we wanted
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jry04 on March 31, 2015, 10:05:21 am
I think it is a good hire.

I said no chance that Marshall would go to Alabama,  but it seems much more likely now. The SEC is going to have some really good coaches if Alabama can land Marshall.

Donovan, Calipari, Barnes, Howland, Marshall, Pearl, Stallings, and Anderson are all pretty good coaches. Fox is a good one, too in my opinion.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: Pigliophile on March 31, 2015, 10:15:23 am
Well at least he gets to keep all his burnt orange junk.  ::hornsdown::
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: litmachog on March 31, 2015, 12:17:37 pm
He will not recruitO Durant type athletes to Knoxville. He is a do less with more guy. The kind of coach who could have D-Mac, Felix, and Hillis in the same backfield and not make a BCS bowl. I not scare either

One thing to remember is most of Barnes' best teams consisted of Texas players.  That state produces a good talent pool of basketball players.  Now it's a different challenge to pull them in Tennessee.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: HotlantaHog on March 31, 2015, 12:28:34 pm
Rick Barnes was 402-180 at Texas and his teams claimed three Big 12 titles  in  1999,  2006 and 2008. He  set a school record with 13 consecutive 20-win seasons from 1999-2000 through 2011-12.

He isn't an elite coach but a very good coach and recruiter, and shouldn't be underestimated. He is likely to do a very good job at Tennessee.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: latrops on March 31, 2015, 12:30:33 pm
I think it is a good hire.

I said no chance that Marshall would go to Alabama,  but it seems much more likely now. The SEC is going to have some really good coaches if Alabama can land Marshall.

Donovan, Calipari, Barnes, Howland, Marshall, Pearl, Stallings, and Anderson are all pretty good coaches. Fox is a good one, too in my opinion.

I'd be shocked if Marshall went to Bama.  I'm sure they'll pay him, but he has had big money offers for at least the last couple of years.  If he leaves, I'd be very surprised if it were to go to a program that historically hasn't concerned itself much with basketball while emphasizing football to an extreme.  He has a good thing going at Wichita St.  He will leave at some point, but I'd expect it to be for a place that has some modern era basketball tradition. 

Texas makes more sense.  While they, too, overemphasize football, at least they've been a consistent NCAAT team that is looking to get over the hump, as opposed to merely becoming relevant in basketball like Bama is trying to do.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: onebadrubi on March 31, 2015, 01:06:58 pm
I'd be shocked if Marshall went to Bama.  I'm sure they'll pay him, but he has had big money offers for at least the last couple of years.  If he leaves, I'd be very surprised if it were to go to a program that historically hasn't concerned itself much with basketball while emphasizing football to an extreme.  He has a good thing going at Wichita St.  He will leave at some point, but I'd expect it to be for a place that has some modern era basketball tradition. 

Texas makes more sense.  While they, too, overemphasize football, at least they've been a consistent NCAAT team that is looking to get over the hump, as opposed to merely becoming relevant in basketball like Bama is trying to do.

Marshall knows first hand how hard it is to advance once you are in the tourney.  A couple round of 64 and 32 game losses and Marshall could be shown out the door at Texas.  At bama he would have a lifetime job if he made it to 16 NCAAT in 17 years. 
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: tusked on March 31, 2015, 01:16:41 pm
From one ugly orange to another......

give me a T for texas, give me a T for tennessee........lyndard skynard live.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 31, 2015, 01:34:10 pm
 Patrick Brown @patrickbrownTFP  ·  2h 2 hours ago

Per some research, Rick Barnes would be the fourth-highest paid hoops coach in the SEC next season behind Calipari, Donovan and Pearl.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 31, 2015, 01:43:17 pm
 Wes Rucker @wesrucker247  ·  2h 2 hours ago

The official UT-Knoxville account retweeting a fake Rick Barnes account is today’s Moment Of Zen.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: Hog_One_Stop on March 31, 2015, 02:19:04 pm
 Rick Barnes must like orange
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 31, 2015, 02:46:30 pm
Rick Barnes must like orange

He did not have to change his monogrammed towels.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 31, 2015, 03:00:12 pm
 Michael Hamilton @mikehamilton63  ·  2h 2 hours ago

Love Dave's hire. Success, stability, class....and he has orange ties. Congrats Rick Barnes and Vol Nation. Great fit.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: TNhogfan on March 31, 2015, 03:37:02 pm
I watched the TN press conference introducing Barnes as coach.  Dave Hart began to speak and immediately the sound cut out.  They went through 4 microphones and never were able to get it fixed, so about 3/4th of what Barnes said was unheard.  He has a much bigger contract than the last two along with some nice incentives.  Fans seem cautiously optimistic.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: Danny J on March 31, 2015, 03:52:36 pm
I watched the TN press conference introducing Barnes as coach.  Dave Hart began to speak and immediately the sound cut out.  They went through 4 microphones and never were able to get it fixed, so about 3/4th of what Barnes said was unheard.  He has a much bigger contract than the last two along with some nice incentives.  Fans seem cautiously optimistic.
They should be ecstatic! No way I thought they would be able to get a guy like Barnes with all their financial woes. They hit a homerun all things considered.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jesterzzn on March 31, 2015, 05:17:40 pm
Rick Barnes is not going to excite anybody in the Tennessee fan base. It is a "please don't fire me" move by their AD, risk-averse with modest potential gain.
I agree.

Barnes isn't a loser, but he's not going to do as well at Tennessee as I think people are expecting.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: HOGINTENNESSEE on March 31, 2015, 05:36:13 pm
They should be ecstatic! No way I thought they would be able to get a guy like Barnes with all their financial woes. They hit a homerun all things considered.

Yeah, for UT standards Barnes is an excellent hire.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jgphillips3 on March 31, 2015, 05:36:29 pm
Well, he's a lot better than what they had but not a home run.  He'll probably do well but not fantastic.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jesterzzn on March 31, 2015, 05:44:11 pm
Well, he's a lot better than what they had but not a home run.  He'll probably do well but not fantastic.

On a scale of John Gruden to Dana Altman, I'd say he's a solid Stan Heath.  He'll win some; he'll lose some, and eventually he'll be asked to leave as soon as they think they are chasing a whale that can replace him.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: JackJohnson on March 31, 2015, 05:47:05 pm
Rick Barnes must like orange

And he was at Clemson before tex so he has hit all colors of the Orange spectrum from regular to burnt to puke
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: husker71 on March 31, 2015, 05:57:22 pm
TJ Ford was a superstar in college.  he is the only freshman to ever  lead the nation in assists.  He won both  the Wooden and Naismith awards. He was named POY by nearly every publication.  He had spinal stenis(??) since birth and that later ended his NBA career before he had a chance.  He is a once every 25 year point guard at any school. 
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: Breems on March 31, 2015, 05:59:37 pm
This dude defines doing less with more.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: Danny J on March 31, 2015, 06:08:47 pm
This dude defines doing less with more.
Hugh Freeze?
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: hoglady on March 31, 2015, 06:35:55 pm
Man - considering what money Tenn had to work with and the current state of their program I think it's a great hire.
Tenn fans should be happy. If they aren't they're living in la-la land.
He went to the NCAA tourney what 16 out of 17 years - not too shabby.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: sadhogfan on March 31, 2015, 06:48:04 pm
Rick Barnes is not going to excite anybody in the Tennessee fan base. It is a "please don't fire me" move by their AD, risk-averse with modest potential gain.

I talked to a knowledgable UT fan today who was absolutely ecstatic about it and couldn't quit talking about what a great hire it was. So it will definitely excite some of the fan base.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: Pancetta on March 31, 2015, 07:27:11 pm
He'll probably lock down Memphis for Tenn
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: rtr on March 31, 2015, 08:04:41 pm
He'll probably lock down Memphis for Tenn
Nope.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 31, 2015, 10:03:35 pm
Mike Strange @Strangemike44  ·  23m 23 minutes ago
Strange: For Barnes, it feels like 'coming home' via @knoxnews http://www.knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/columnists/mike-strange-after-all-these-years-barnes-feels-like-coming-home_80854265 …

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Barnes, a North Carolinian who spent the past 17 seasons in Austin, Texas, was intent on establishing his cultural bona fides. In the first three minutes of his opening oration, he mentioned Ray Mears, Condredge Holloway, The Ernie & Bernie Show, Pat Summitt and Holly Warlick.

"When people talk about Rocky Top," said Barnes, "I know what they're talking about."

That Barnes is talking about Rocky Top is widely viewed as a major score for Tennessee and athletic director Dave Hart. After a messy parting with Tyndall only last Friday morning, the Vols have a coach with instant credibility.

He may be their third coach in three seasons, but no one can question that Barnes is a good fit. For a guy who never coached a game in the SEC, he knows his way around.

While playing college basketball at Lenoir-Rhyne in his hometown of Hickory, N.C., Barnes wore out I-40 for a year when Candy, his hometown honey and future wife, enrolled at UT to finish her biology degree.

The first big-time college football game he ever saw was in Neyland Stadium (Tennessee beat Tulsa, 1974). After kissing Candy good-bye at Morrill Hall, Barnes would stop at a local deli — probably the old Sam & Andy's — to pick up two steamed roast beef sandwiches for the trek back to Hickory.

Candy Barnes sounded pleased Tuesday to be back at her alma mater.

"I love college football, I really do," she said. "I loved when Peyton (Manning) was here. But I loved Eli, too. Is that OK?"
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: TNhawgfan on April 01, 2015, 08:32:33 am
I can attest that UT fans are ecstatic. Delusional inbreeds I work with kept saying yesterday how they now have the second or third best coach in the conference (if going by track record). I personally think Donnie did a good job this year considering he had Josh Richards and NOTHING else. I don't think Barnes is as good of a X's and O's coach, so he better start recruiting big time
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: Inhogswetrust on April 01, 2015, 08:44:40 am
Nope.

If Josh sticks around he will make serious inroads to it.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 01, 2015, 09:09:49 am
 Wes Rucker @wesrucker247  ·  24h 24 hours ago

With Texas and now Tennessee, what’s obvious to me is that Rick Barnes just doesn’t like paying state income taxes
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: TNhawgfan on April 01, 2015, 09:34:48 am
If Josh sticks around he will make serious inroads to it.
What basketball coach at UT has ever been successful at getting all the best Memphis kids to Knoxville?
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 01, 2015, 11:01:10 am
 Patrick Brown @patrickbrownTFP  ·  20h 20 hours ago

One of the graphics folks at UT told me it's harder than you might think to photoshop a burnt orange tie into a Tennessee orange.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: TomBigBeeHog on April 01, 2015, 12:28:34 pm
If Josh sticks around he will make serious inroads to it.

Josh gone.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: TNhogfan on April 01, 2015, 12:59:43 pm
I can attest that UT fans are ecstatic. Delusional inbreeds I work with kept saying yesterday how they now have the second or third best coach in the conference (if going by track record). I personally think Donnie did a good job this year considering he had Josh Richards and NOTHING else. I don't think Barnes is as good of a X's and O's coach, so he better start recruiting big time
They are a delusional bunch.  They think they have the top 2 or 3 coach in every sport.  Funny hearing them on the radio still whining for Pearl. 

You are right Barnes is going to have to find some jucos or 5th year transfers or something. 
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 01, 2015, 01:21:11 pm
 Sports Radio WNML @SportsRadioWNML  ·  7m 7 minutes ago

Welcome back to Knoxville Candy Barnes! Can't wait to see your hubby Rick turn up the VOLume in his wardrobe! #VFL

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CBhomTtVAAAG4NV.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 01, 2015, 01:28:52 pm

Wes Rucker @wesrucker247  ·  20h 20 hours ago

Just bumped into Rick Barnes by the elevator in the Anderson Training Center. Trying to get used to that guy being here. It’s different.

Rick Barnes said he enjoys “Rocky Top.” Good thing for him. If he didn’t, he’d want to jump off a tall building in approximately one week.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: Inhogswetrust on April 01, 2015, 03:42:04 pm
What basketball coach at UT has ever been successful at getting all the best Memphis kids to Knoxville?

It isn't about Ricks recruiting…………..It's about Josh's lack of coaching and recruiting. Rick has name recognition whether big or not moreso than Josh. 

P.S. Jarnell Stokes says Hi………………….
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: TNhawgfan on April 01, 2015, 06:00:28 pm
Jarnells brother had as much to do with that as C Martin did
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: TNhawgfan on April 02, 2015, 06:57:11 am
So on the local sports radio this morning, they were talking about how TN now has one of the top three or so coaches in the conference and they talked about every basketball coach. When they got to Arkansas, "Mike Anderson has been a HUGE disappointment there." That was followed up with, "I'll take our duo of Jones and Barnes over any other duo in the conference."
This is why I despise the Vols
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: rzrbk4life on April 02, 2015, 07:02:43 am
So on the local sports radio this morning, they were talking about how TN now has one of the top three or so coaches in the conference and they talked about every basketball coach. When they got to Arkansas, "Mike Anderson has been a HUGE disappointment there." That was followed up with, "I'll take our duo of Jones and Barnes over any other duo in the conference."
This is why I despise the Vols

Delusion at its finest. Yea this season was a HUGE disappointment (SEC POY, finished 2nd in the league, made it to the NCAAT)....

Rick Barnes I would say is a decent coach but I think the hogs will be fine. MA isn't scared

Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: hoglady on April 02, 2015, 09:42:44 am
So on the local sports radio this morning, they were talking about how TN now has one of the top three or so coaches in the conference and they talked about every basketball coach. When they got to Arkansas, "Mike Anderson has been a HUGE disappointment there." That was followed up with, "I'll take our duo of Jones and Barnes over any other duo in the conference."
This is why I despise the Vols

That's just stupid talk from homers looking through their orange colored glasses. If Mike Anderson is a disappointment with Arkansas' accomplishments this year - what does that say about the rest of the SEC coaches?
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 03, 2015, 12:47:57 pm
 Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  5h 5 hours ago

Rick Barnes is off to a good start at Tennessee. He already has a sandwich named after him. http://www.local8now.com/home/headlines/Big-Fattys-makes-special-Rick-Barnes-hoagie-298350931.html …

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Big Fatty's makes special Rick Barnes hoagie

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Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 04, 2015, 12:33:58 pm
Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  23h 23 hours ago
Barnes heard rumblings of Vols opening as Texas tenure neared end. One call was from Admiral Schofield's AAU coach http://www.knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/basketball/new-tennessee-basketball-coach-rick-barnes-discusses-staff-transfers-and-first-days-on-the-job_00482546 …

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* Barnes said knowing the Tennessee job might come open didn’t influence his decision to refuse to fire his Texas assistants, a move that might have helped him remain with the Longhorns.

“Some people had called me, unofficially,” Barnes said. “People that had nothing to do with it.”

One of those people was Dickey Simpkins, former NBA player who played for Barnes at Providence. Simpkins is the AAU coach of Admiral Schofield, one of the Vols’ 2015 signees.

* Barnes was asked what he thought of Texas hiring VCU coach Shaka Smart.

“I don’t know Shaka a lot,” Barnes said. “I know he and (Texas assistant) Rob Lanier have been on the same staff (at Florida). Rob has said nothing but great things about Shaka. I’m happy for our players because I told them the University of Texas will get an excellent coach. I know he’s coming into a great situation. He’s going to love it.”

Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 05, 2015, 11:25:15 am
 GoVolsXtra @GoVolsXtra  ·  18h 18 hours ago

Q&A with new Tennessee men's basketball coach Rick Barnes http://bit.ly/1EXNlEs 

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Q: You are Tennessee’s third coach in three seasons. Hart stressed the need for stability. How much did that topic come up in the interview process?

A: I don’t know if there is any coach coming into the situation who knew as much about Tennessee as I did. I had a picture of my mind in Tennessee from 1974. Ernie and Bernie. Ray Mears. I had it in my head. But it would have never developed if it wasn’t for Dave Hart. From the time we talked — stability. I would have worked for him on a handshake. That was point-blank. He didn’t have to tell me about the University of Tennessee. I knew as long as he was the athletic director that he has vision, and you just wanted to catch the wind with him, because I’ve watched him through his career … He (Hart) knows where I am right now. This is it. I want to do it. One, because, I’m forever grateful he was there. But I believe in it. I believe in the University of Tennessee.

Q: Two of the last three Tennessee coaches, Bruce Pearl and Donnie Tyndall, were fired for NCAA wrongdoing. You have a clean record in that department. How important is that to your legacy?

A: It goes back to mentors. I remember the job at George Mason. My athletic director told me, ‘We want to win. But not at all costs.’ … The very first time I sat down with (former Texas) athletic director DeLoss Dodds, I asked him, ‘What are you looking for in your basketball coach?’ He said, first and foremost — and I’ve used this term — that we want to protect the integrity of the university...
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 07, 2015, 06:54:03 am
 Brett Edgerton @EditorEdge  ·  12h 12 hours ago

First Duke-Wisconsin game was a long time ago (Dec. 3). How long? Unbeaten Texas was No. 6 in the country. Its coach is now at the other UT.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 08, 2015, 07:03:29 am
 AP Top 25 @AP_Top25  ·  11h 11 hours ago

Rick Barnes eager for chance to provide stability to Tennessee http://apne.ws/1N5a4Tl  (@stevemegargee) #Vols

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"Certainly we've been sensitive to that, the fact (there have) been three different coaches," Barnes said. "You address it, and the bottom line is it is what it is, but this is what we have now. Let's learn from what we've gone through, and let's move forward and let's be thankful for what we have here. Let's be excited that we've got a chance to do something.

"Let's not sit around and moan and groan."

Barnes replaces Donnie Tyndall, who was fired after only one season while the NCAA investigates his two-year tenure at Southern Mississippi. Barnes, who has had a career record of 604-314, will be Tennessee's fourth coach in six seasons.

Although he will be 61 when he makes his Tennessee debut, Barnes insists he's no short-term solution. When he's asked about his age, Barnes points to this year's Final Four, where three of the four coaches were in their 60s...
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 08, 2015, 07:15:34 am

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN  ·  13h 13 hours ago

Rick Barnes' staff at Tennessee: Bringing Chris Ogden and Rob Lanier and adds Desmond Oliver -- formerly of Charlotte.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: Inhogswetrust on April 08, 2015, 12:57:04 pm
TJ Ford was a superstar in college.  he is the only freshman to ever  lead the nation in assists.  He won both  the Wooden and Naismith awards. He was named POY by nearly every publication.  He had spinal stenis(??) since birth and that later ended his NBA career before he had a chance.  He is a once every 25 year point guard at any school. 

None of which qualifies him to be a college head coach above others.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 13, 2015, 01:26:29 pm
 Rob Lanier @icehandler  ·  Apr 9

New Chapter. Can already feel the passion for basketball in Knoxville. Looking forward to making it our home.

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Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 13, 2015, 01:29:34 pm
 Patrick Brown @patrickbrownTFP  ·  Apr 9

Rick Barnes on what he'd do if he wasn't coaching, NBA rules college hoops should adopt and ... ice cream. http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/sports/co

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Q: You've taken on challenges at Providence, Clemson and Texas. Is this situation reminiscent of one you've walked into before?

A: "I don't know if I look at it like that. We're here. We have a team, and we have to add some parts to this team. We will not let preseason expectations set our standard, and any time you go into a new situation, whether things have been going good or bad, it's still about developing the culture you want. That's what these next couple of months will be about."

Q: Is the game of college basketball today anywhere close to when you got into it, and what would you change?

A: "It is nowhere near the game of when I played in terms of the physicality of it. When you go back and watch Wooden and those games, there was no contact whatsoever, and if there was any contact, it was a foul. I do think the shot clock will come down to 30 seconds, and that's something important to do. I think we need to take away the five-second count because the official shouldn't be worrying about a count. He should be worrying about officiating the game and the contact.

"There is no doubt we should go to the NBA lane line and the NBA restricted area. The NBA has some great rules in the last minute or two minutes. You can move the ball from the baseline up to half court, and I think we should have jump balls. We start the game with one, and for the money those guys make, they ought to be able to toss the ball up. I think the 3-point line should be moved back. I would just like to see this become a universal game."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 15, 2015, 11:09:21 am
 Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  30m 30 minutes ago

Eric Davis confirmed he's going to Texas. "My heart is at Texas." Had committed to Rick Barnes. Sticking with Shaka Smart.


 GoVolsXtra @GoVolsXtra  ·  39m 39 minutes ago

ICYMI: Tennessee 2016 basketball commit Romello White reopens recruitment http://shar.es/1gVdNO

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Romello White, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound power forward at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., announced the news via Twitter on Tuesday night.

"Due to the firing of the Tennessee coaching staff I am reopening my recruiting process," wrote the four-star prospect. "I'm ready to $ee what else is out there for me."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 17, 2015, 01:03:12 pm
 Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  Apr 15

Tennessee's Barnes won't rush recruiting http://www.knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/basketball/tennessee-basketball-coach-rick-barnes-wont-rush-recruiting_84553642 …

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The first day of college basketball’s regular signing period passed without occasion for the Tennessee men’s basketball team.

If the current roster holds, Barnes can fill up to three scholarships before the signing period ends May 20. But the veteran with 28 seasons as a Division I head coach, including 17 at Texas, isn’t about to rush.

“The situation we are in right now is one of the hardest to be in, because you know you don’t want to fill scholarships just to fill a scholarship,” Barnes said during a Tuesday radio appearance on the Tony Basilio Show. “Those (scholarships) are so valuable to have. So, we have to really dig into everything that we need to know about the kids that we are wanting to sign right now, because of the chemistry. They’re really going to be a part of what you are trying to lay in terms of the culture, the foundation.”

Add in the fact that Barnes’ staff is operating on a skeleton recruiting calendar it inherited from former Vols coach Donnie Tyndall’s staff, and the quality-over-quantity approach is a must. Barnes explained during a Monday appearance on Vol Calls that Tyndall’s staff used a good portion of the evaluation periods and campus visits allowed by the NCAA.

“That’s been a big challenge, because we didn’t inherit very many days,” Barnes said. “My assistants have done a great job of utilizing the days that we have left.”

Barnes’ grand plans for recruiting include a national footprint and an ability to tap into other countries, like when the Longhorns plucked one-and-done Canadian power forward Tristan Thompson in 2010.

“We think that we have the same type of calling card we had at Texas,” he said during Vol Calls. “We think we can get in anybody’s door and, once we get there, we are going to make the best players in the country either tell us yes or no.”
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 21, 2015, 08:20:37 pm
 Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  2h 2 hours ago

Can confirm @AdamZagoria report that Ray Kasongo is scheduled for official visit to Tennessee this weekend (Fri, Sat) http://247sports.com/Player/Ray-Kasongo-21345 …

That @AdamZagoria note on Ray Kasango visiting Vols is interesting. Mississippi State folks seemed to think he was a near lock. Same for LSU
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 22, 2015, 03:25:52 pm
 Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  6h 6 hours ago

2015 PF Kyle Alexander confirmed via email that he has a Tennessee offer and will leave tomorrow for a visit with the Vols this weekend.
Title: Lamonte Turned IMG Bball- Arkansas interest
Post by: HOGINTENNESSEE on April 23, 2015, 10:11:15 am
Could be a 2015 or 2016 recruit

http://zagsblog.com/articles/img-point-guard-lamonte-turner-looking-to-reclass-to-2015/

247sports.com/Player/Lamonte-Turner-25483

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QsWliSpzDrI
Title: Re: Lamonte Turned IMG Bball- Arkansas interest
Post by: The_Iceman on April 23, 2015, 10:58:53 am
http://247sports.com/Player/Lamonte-Turner-25483
http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/player/_/id/187124/lamonte-turner
http://sports.yahoo.com/ucf/basketball/recruiting/player-Lamonte-Turner-143593

There has been no reported interest from him towards Arkansas before that Arkansas saying we went to see him. Not sure where we stand with him, but its probably not to high.
Title: Re: Lamonte Turned IMG Bball- Arkansas interest
Post by: hawginbigd1 on April 23, 2015, 11:00:03 am
Looks great, am i the only one that is thinking....I would rather have the other guy he talks about in the Blog ;D
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 24, 2015, 06:21:35 am
 Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  12h 12 hours ago

Kyle Alexander? Ray Kasongo? Tennessee basketball staff working Canadian recruiting connections https://shar.es/1pvCNy

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Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes said early on in his new job that he intends to maintain the Canadian recruiting connections he benefitted from during his 17-season run at Texas.

Canadian forward Kyle Alexander and his parents boarded a plane Thursday for his official visit to UT this weekend. The 6-foot-10 1/2, 200-pound prospect at Orangeville (Ontario) Prep said he received a scholarship offer from UT about two weeks before Barnes and associate head coach Rob Lanier visited him and his parents on Monday. The visit included references to the Canadian players Barnes signed at Texas, a list that includes two players in the NBA playoffs, Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavalier and Cory Joseph of the San Antonio Spurs.

“They told me they have had success bringing in other Canadians they found potential in,” Alexander said Wednesday. “They brought that potential out. My dad really respected that.”

You won’t find a ranking for Alexander on major scouting services.

Alexander will join fellow Canadian Ray Kasongo, a College of Southern Idaho junior college forward originally from Toronto, who is also scheduled for a weekend visit.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 26, 2015, 08:07:00 am
 Tennessee Basketball @Vol_Hoops  ·  18h 18 hours ago

Guest defensive coach @RickBarnesUT going over the calls with @UTCoachJancek.

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Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 28, 2015, 01:30:49 pm
 Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  15m 15 minutes ago

Rick Barnes has his first Tennessee commit. 2015 PG Lamonte Turner announces he has committed to the Vols.  http://www.knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/basketball/point-guard-lamonte-turner-commits-to-tennessee_77794367 …

Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 28, 2015, 01:53:52 pm
 Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  21m 21 minutes ago

Tennessee assistant Desmond Oliver gets the assist on @2Turner_

 
Lamonte' Turner @2Turner_  ·  39m 39 minutes ago

Thank God for this opportunity and also my parents and coaches for believing in me. I AM OFFICIALLY COMMITTING TO THE U of TENNESSEE! #VFL 🍊
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 28, 2015, 05:09:30 pm
 Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  15m 15 minutes ago

Vols doubled recruiting class today w/ commitments from Lamonte' Turner (http://www.knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/basketball/point-guard-lamonte-turner-commits-to-tennessee_77794367 …) and Ray Kasongo (http://www.knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/basketball/power-forward-ray-kasongo-commits-to-tennessee_84142837 …)

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Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 29, 2015, 01:46:53 pm
 Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  2h 2 hours ago

Barnes said he told team it's going to find a way make the tournament this season. Not going to "rebuild." Citing Slab 5 at Clemson.

Barnes said he's impressed with Robert Hubbs' athleticism, Kevin Punter's work ethic and Armani Moore's toughness.

Barnes said Armani Moore "wanted to get away from the game" a little bit after the coaching change. Had a great talk with him.

Barnes wrote a letter to Tennessee about a GA position in 1977. Still has the letter he received back saying spot wasn't open.

On recruiting, Barnes said UT still recruiting 3 or 4 other guys on top of 2 commits. (Only 1 scholarship left.) Said "that stuff works out"
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 29, 2015, 06:12:43 pm
http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/college/vols/2015/04/28/tennessees-barnes-rose-humble-beginnings/26512045/

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Richard Dale Barnes was born July 17, 1954, the fourth of five children.

But from a young age, Barnes' father was not a presence in his life, and the family had its share of struggles.

"Rick came from a meager background," Dave Miller said.

Without a father, and with Mary working, Sandra, the second-oldest and only girl, became an essential part of the household.

"She'd cook a lot. Wash our clothes." Tommy Barnes said. "Took care of us."

"My sister was very important to our family," Rick Barnes said.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: hoglady on April 30, 2015, 10:23:14 am
Thanks for posting that article.
I've never been much of a Barnes fan - he was the Texas coach.
But after reading that article it's hard not to root for him.
Tough life growing up - still giving back to the community that saved him.
That's what life is all about.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on May 01, 2015, 07:27:58 am
 GoVolsXtra @GoVolsXtra  ·  19h 19 hours ago

Rick Barnes: Ray Kasongo brings 'tremendous athleticism' to 2015 signing class http://bit.ly/1FArdiF  #Vols @Ben_Fred

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Rick Barnes' first Tennessee signee is a French-speaking forward from Canada who offers some frontcourt girth the Vols desperately need.

UT formally announced the addition of 6-foot-9, 235-pound junior college transfer Ray Kasongo on Thursday, after he submitted his national letter of intent.

The three-star prospect originally from Toronto, Ontario will have three years of eligibility with the Vols...

"Ray brings tremendous athleticism to our roster," Barnes said in a UT release. "He's got the ability to run and jump at a high level, and we believe he has the potential to become an elite rebounder.

"He comes from a wonderful family, he has a great attitude, and I think he's going to be extremely coachable. Ray has a very high ceiling."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on May 05, 2015, 08:04:16 am
 GoVolsXtra @GoVolsXtra  ·  13h 13 hours ago

Report: Tennessee forward Willie Carmichael to transfer ... 

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Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on May 05, 2015, 08:29:27 pm
 Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  52m 52 minutes ago

Barnes on roster: "It's in flux ... Sometimes a fresh start can be great for everybody."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on May 07, 2015, 09:53:36 am

Josh Ward @Josh_Ward  ·  56m 56 minutes ago

.@tj_ford on Rick Barnes: "Under coach Barnes, I played my best basketball ever."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on May 07, 2015, 02:02:24 pm
 Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  2h 2 hours ago

Tennessee's Rick Barnes has done a great job tapping into Canada. Coached Tristan Thompson & Myck Kabongo at Texas. Now Alexander & Kasongo
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on May 07, 2015, 06:11:02 pm
Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  50m 50 minutes ago
Rick Barnes inherited 5 OVs from Tyndall staff. Has used 3 (Kasongo, Alexander and Izundu). Got commits from 2 with Izundu still out there.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on May 08, 2015, 11:15:28 am
Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  15h 15 hours ago

Rick Barnes wants Memphis on Tennessee's schedule...
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on May 09, 2015, 09:39:48 am
Ben Frederickson@Ben_Fred
Rick Barnes told @SportsRadioWNML that the Vols "could end up on the road" for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Slate should be announced next week
3:54 PM - 8 May 2015

Patrick Brown @patrickbrownTFP  ·  15h 15 hours ago
Patrick Brown retweeted Ben Frederickson
No way they send Vols to play at Texas ... right?
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on May 10, 2015, 08:43:37 am

Patrick Brown @patrickbrownTFP  ·  22h 22 hours ago

Patrick Brown retweeted Tennessee Basketball

Kyle Alexander's signing is official for the #Vols. Rick Barnes: 'He truly has incredible upside.'
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on May 17, 2015, 07:23:13 am
 Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  14h 14 hours ago

As others have reported, Dikembe Dixson now expected to visit Vols on Monday instead of Thursday. Updated in blog: http://knoxblogs.com/fastbreak/2015/05/15/three-star-2015-small-forward-dikembe-dixson-to-visit-vols/ …
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on May 17, 2015, 03:58:40 pm
Ben Frederickson@Ben_Fred
Rick Barnes told @SportsRadioWNML that the Vols "could end up on the road" for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Slate should be announced next week
3:54 PM - 8 May 2015

Patrick Brown @patrickbrownTFP  ·  15h 15 hours ago
Patrick Brown retweeted Ben Frederickson
No way they send Vols to play at Texas ... right?

 Hugh Kellenberger @HKellenbergerCL  ·  May 14

SEC/Big 12 Challenge slate little underwhelming outside of UK-KU. Didn't do Battle of Rick Barnes, MSU (and Malik) not involved.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on May 19, 2015, 04:51:16 pm
 GoVolsXtra @GoVolsXtra  ·  21h 21 hours ago

Rick Barnes in favor of NCAA changes that help offense ... 

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Barnes said he's a big fan of the 30-second shot clock and most of the other rule change proposals. Is OK with losing a timeout.

Barnes asked if he's done recruiting, said he's never done recruiting.

Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on May 21, 2015, 11:16:45 am
 Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  16h 16 hours ago

Rick Barnes says his offense will be tailored to his roster. Wants uptempo but believes coaches should play to strengths of skill set

Rick Barnes says his defense wants 3 consecutive stops 4 times each half. Similar to Donnie Tyndall's "gap" goal.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on May 25, 2015, 08:03:08 pm
Lamonte' Turner @LTurn1  ·  24h 24 hours ago
I'M OFFICIALLY A TENNESSEE VOLUNTEER! 🍊💯🔸🔸

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Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on May 27, 2015, 04:41:11 pm
 Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  53m 53 minutes ago

Offers piling up for Vols 2016 PG target Jordan Bone, younger bro of former Vol Josh Bone. Picked up Ole Miss offer, per his Twitter account
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on May 29, 2015, 09:52:47 am
Ben Frederickson ‏@Ben_Fred 16h16 hours ago

SEC change means UT basketball will play Kentucky, Vanderbilt and South Carolina at least twice per season https://shar.es/1rMZNu

The past two seasons were the first since 1952-53 [Kentucky was on death penalty, LSU was SEC champion] that Tennessee and Kentucky didn't have a home-and-home. Good on SEC for fixing.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on June 10, 2015, 03:21:55 pm
GoVolsXtra @GoVolsXtra  ·  18h 18 hours ago

Q&A with new Tennessee men's basketball coach Rick Barnes http://bit.ly/1EXNlEs 

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Q: Two of the last three Tennessee coaches, Bruce Pearl and Donnie Tyndall, were fired for NCAA wrongdoing. You have a clean record in that department. How important is that to your legacy?

A: It goes back to mentors. I remember the job at George Mason. My athletic director told me, ‘We want to win. But not at all costs.’ … The very first time I sat down with (former Texas) athletic director DeLoss Dodds, I asked him, ‘What are you looking for in your basketball coach?’ He said, first and foremost — and I’ve used this term — that we want to protect the integrity of the university...
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on June 12, 2015, 01:35:28 pm
GoVolsXtra ‏@GoVolsXtra 20h20 hours ago

... Strange: Could a coach's past please stay in the past? http://bit.ly/1B9F3YZ 

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Most days, Donnie Tyndall diving into pro wrasslin’ would be the top Tennessee basketball headline of the news cycle.

If only that were the case this time.

However, on the same day (Wednesday) it was announced the Vols’ deposed coach was resurfacing into the public for a pro wrestling event, Rick Barnes, UT’s current coach, was referenced in a story of alleged academic fraud at Texas.

William Faulkner, the great Southern author, wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

Bingo. The Vols’ coaches can’t seem to leave their pasts in the past.

Tyndall would still be ensconced in Thompson-Boling Arena today if not for alleged NCAA violations emerging from his previous stop, Southern Mississippi. He was one and done, fired March 27 after a 16-16 season.

Now Barnes’ tenure at Texas has been re-opened...
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: Biggus Piggus on June 12, 2015, 05:11:25 pm
You know, this could end very badly for Tennessee and its athletic director.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on June 16, 2015, 12:07:20 pm
Brian Davis ‏@BDavisAAS 3h3 hours ago

Texas president Greg Fenves supposed to address media about review via teleconference...

Greg Fenves on academic review: As new president, he was "motivated me to decided to pursue the review we talked about." (sic)

Greg Fenves: "This is not about any individual, but our processes." Later, he insists, "Everything is fine."

Texas AD Steve Patterson: "From the men’s athletic side, we welcome this review by Gene Marsh."

Patterson insists that former men's coach Rick Barnes' departure "had nothing to do with academics." Barnes simply didn't win enough.

Fenves said he isn't sure if Gene Marsh will contact Rick Barnes. "I don’t think Gene Marsh has decided if that’s needed."

Texas call wrapping up. In short, Gene Marsh's review of the academic services offered by UT athletics could take months.

Politically savvy for Fenves to order the academic review. He admits he doesn't know much about athletics. Marsh can bring him up to speed.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on June 18, 2015, 08:57:58 am
News as part of the building Canada to SEC pipeline:

Alexander, Canadian PG, Joins Hamilton Heights
Has Recruiting Interest From UT, Vandy, UNLV, Others (http://www.chattanoogan.com/2015/6/16/302561/Alexander-Canadian-PG-Joins-Hamilton.aspx)

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The Hamilton Heights Hawks announced Tuesday that they have added rising junior point guard Shai Alexander from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

The 6-foot-3-inch Alexander plays for Adidas UPLAY Canada.

“We are very excited about Shai coming next year,” Hawks coach Zach Ferrell said. “He is a great player and a great person. Shai will be a fantastic addition to our school and basketball program."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on June 18, 2015, 01:06:34 pm
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 1h1 hour ago

Things are apparently not going well for Texas AD Steve Patterson | http://ow.ly/OuKBz

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Writing for Horns Digest of the Scout.com network, longtime Austin-based sports writer Chip Brown went into painstaking detail regarding Patterson's various missteps since taking over the Longhorns program in late 2013. Though many of Brown's sources are anonymous Texas "insiders," the accusations are pretty scathing:

• Apparently telling the media one thing and former Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes another regarding Barnes' job status. Barnes was fired in March after 17 seasons, and is now head coach at Tennessee.

Replaced DeLoss Dodds
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on June 20, 2015, 10:02:19 am
Patrick Brown ‏@patrickbrownTFP 20h20 hours ago

Tennessee hoops announces [25-year-old] Garrett Medenwald is the new strength coach for the Vols.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CH4qJWDUYAAAwz6.jpg)


Prediction:  Will find the returning players woefully out of shape

Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on June 22, 2015, 05:34:32 pm
Patrick Brown ‏@patrickbrownTFP  8h8 hours ago
Armani "Ronnie" Moore on playing for a third new coach: 'Adversity hits. It's just all about how you respond to it.' http://timesfreepress.com/news/sports/college/story/2015/jun/18/vetervols-adjusting-third-coach-their-careers/310185/ … #Vols

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KNOXVILLE — Derek Reese knew something was up.

One of Tennessee's assistant coaches, Adam Howard, left the program shortly into the season last November, but the everyday grind of basketball and its practices, film study, workouts and games took precedence in the forward's mind.

So when the Volunteers dropped the hammer on head coach Donnie Tyndall for reasons related to an NCAA investigation of his former program at Southern Mississippi just two weeks after the season ended in March, it came as a surprise to Reese and some of the players.

"I kind of suspected something, at the beginning of the season, but we kind of forgot about it," Reese recalled after scoring 25 points in his Rocky Top League game on Wednesday night. "Coach Tyndall told us, 'Don't worry about it, everything's just fine.' I just forgot. When it happened, it kind of was a shock. I wasn't expecting it, because I kind of forgot about it."

Reese, fellow senior Armani Moore and rising junior Robert Hubbs are the three Tennessee players adjusting to the third different head coach of their careers.

That kind of turnover, from Cuonzo Martin to Tyndall to first-year coach Rick Barnes, is never something a player expects to experience when he arrives on campus as a freshman.

The feeling-out process between a new coaching staff and its team doesn't happen overnight, but all three players praised the family emphasis Barnes and his assistant coaches have shown so far, and they seem genuinely excited to play for the former Texas coach.

"Once you go through x-amount of coaches, you never know what the next coach is going to expect," Moore said. "But I think everybody's responding pretty well. We don't have a lot of guys who don't like to work, so that makes it a whole lot easier, too."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on June 25, 2015, 07:17:02 am
Ben Frederickson ‏@Ben_Fred 9h9 hours ago

Tennessee's Kevin Punter shooting for more assertive senior season, and he's starting by dominating Rocky Top League http://www.knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/basketball/tennessee-guard-kevin-punter-shooting-for-more-assertive-senior-season_37210494 …

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Kevin Punter would like to make it known that he probably could have broken the Pilot Rocky Top League single-game scoring record if he had any idea he was so close.

“I didn’t know at first, until the announcer called it out,” Punter said. “By the time he called it out, I didn’t have enough time. If I would have known that at 3 minutes, I probably would have tried to go get it.”

The UT senior guard’s 57-point barrage that led H3 Sports past DeRoyal Industries on Monday night fell just eight points shy of former Vol Jordan McRae’s record-setting 65 points in 2013.

More impressive than his point total was the efficiency with which Punter reached it. He made 10-of-12 2-pointers and 3-of-7 3-pointers. A 68.4 field-goal percentage is almost unheard of in Rocky Top League...

Knoxville area summer league features former, current, and near future Vol players.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on June 25, 2015, 07:51:39 pm
ESPN Stats & Info ‏@ESPNStatsInfo 1m1 minute ago

Myles Turner is the 5th Texas freshman to be drafted, joining Cory Joseph, Tristan Thompson,  Avery Bradley & Kevin Durant. #NBADraft
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on June 28, 2015, 01:02:43 pm
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 15h15 hours ago

#Vols hoops freshman Admiral Schofield has older bro (O’Brien Schofield) and two cousins (Bobby Engram, Vonnie Holliday) who played in NFL.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CIikBfOWoAA4syI.jpg)
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on June 30, 2015, 06:57:01 pm
Ben Frederickson ‏@Ben_Fred 3h3 hours ago

Rick Barnes last night: "I told Shembari Phillips, if you're smart you will hitch your wagon to Kevin (Punter)" ... Punter stays in the gym

Rick Barnes was also asked about Jabari McGhee's health last night. McGhee practicing at UT but hasn't participated fully in RTL. [Rocky Top League]

Barnes said McGhee is "probably somewhat cautious" as he gets back into it after foot injury, but is "doing fine"
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on July 01, 2015, 07:10:08 pm
Ben Frederickson ‏@Ben_Fred 25m25 minutes ago

Ballgame: Kevin Punter's RTL record 76 points lead H3 Sports to 3rd-place win over News Sentinel. 138-134. Punter is 2015 scoring champ.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CI3ffadWwAEva_T.jpg)
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on July 03, 2015, 11:56:47 am
Tennessee Basketball ‏@Vol_Hoops Jul 2

Our new Nike Smokey Grey uniformss incorporate elements from Tennessee teams in 1909-10, 1911-12 and 1940-41.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CI6puWaWgAAb46U.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CI6puG5W8AASk8e.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CI6puH2WUAA-lCD.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CI6puE0WgAAPpMO.jpg)
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on July 07, 2015, 12:27:06 pm
Tennessee and new head coach Rick Barnes desperately needed a point guard for the 2015-16 season, so the program quickly targeted reclassified point guard Lamonte Turner during the April evaluation period. The aggressive recruitment led to a commitment from Turner, but the incoming freshman lead guard has not enrolled at Tennessee yet and could be awaiting an academic matter... (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/07/06/tennessee-incoming-freshman-point-guard-still-not-enrolled)
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on July 09, 2015, 06:41:12 am
Ben Frederickson ‏@Ben_Fred 15h15 hours ago

New note on Rick Barnes' http://UTSports.com  profile tracks combined basketball earnings of his 24 NBA draft picks: $497.8 million+
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on July 20, 2015, 04:03:00 pm
Ben Frederickson ‏@Ben_Fred

Blog: Rick Barnes not placing ceiling on Kyle Alexander http://knoxblogs.com/fastbreak/2015/07/15/rick-barnes-not-placing-ceiling-on-kyle-alexander/ …

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Rick Barnes raved about 6-foot-10, 240-pound Canadian freshman forward Kyle Alexander

“We are really excited, simply because he’s only been playing two years,” Barnes said. “He’s played a lot of soccer, so that tells you, one, that he’s got stamina. And he can run. He really can run as well as any guard that we have in our program. Terrific hands. He has a great knack to get his hands on a lot of balls. And he’s quick. But he also is a guy that, offensively, we are going to watch him grow up here. We are right now. Somewhat, each practice we are like surprised with the things he gets done and the way he does it.”

“He’s really learning the game for the first time. But the fact is he picks up things extremely well. In terms of his ceiling, I don’t know that we would want to put one on him. Anyone that is willing to work as hard as he works, and his body is going to change. It’s already starting to change. But from a skill set and those type of things, I’ve been really impressed with how well he can pick things up and how quickly you can move with him from one thing to the next.”
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on August 25, 2015, 10:35:04 am
Rick Barnes isn’t trying to steal football’s thunder. In fact, he’ll capitalize on it Sept. 12, bringing in his priority recruits to bask in the Oklahoma weekend.

What Barnes is after is bridging Tennessee’s passion for football into basketball season — the tradition, the gravitas, the expectations, the whole ball of wax.

“We’re going to have a big-time basketball program,’’ Barnes said. “You’ve got to want it all.’’ (http://www.knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/columnists/mike-strange-rick-barnes-welcomes-big-expectations-the-bigger-the-better_76555403)

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“We know about Kentucky,’’ Barnes said. “But Kentucky should not have anything on the University of Tennessee.’’

Once more, to leave no doubt.

“The mark of a great program is that you’re there every year,’’ Barnes said. “What we’ve got to do is when they speak of the class of North Carolina, Duke, you name it, Tennessee has got to be part of that conversation.’’

At this point in the program’s history, Tennessee is part of a very different conversation. That’s why a couple hundred community and UT leaders turned out for cocktails Monday at the Knoxville Convention Center to welcome Barnes — the third coach in three years — and staff to town...
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on September 18, 2015, 03:38:11 pm
Jeff Goodman ‏@GoodmanESPN Sep 15

One guy who is probably not all that upset about Steve Patterson out at Texas is Rick Barnes. There are plenty more, though.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on October 08, 2015, 06:33:34 pm
https://twitter.com/Vol_Hoops/status/651738502627987456
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on October 09, 2015, 08:04:26 am
KNOXVILLE — Tennessee coach Rick Barnes’ new surroundings have the veteran coach adopting a slightly different approach in preseason practices.

Barnes has needed to do more teaching so far as he goes over the different drills that had become second nature to his players at Texas, where he had coached for the past 17 seasons. (http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/college/ut/2015/10/08/tennessee-vols-basketball-rick-barnes/73613448)

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Tennessee wants Barnes to provide the stability that’s been missing from its program amid all the coaching turnover. Barnes replaced Donnie Tyndall, who went 16-16 in his lone season at Tennessee before being fired in March amid an NCAA investigation into his two-year tenure at Southern Mississippi.

Senior guard Kevin Punter acknowledged the coaching change was “rough” and that he thought about leaving, but Barnes’ arrival caused him to stay put.

“I’ve been watching Coach when he was coaching KD (Kevin Durant) and all those pros he got,” Punter said. “For him to be here, I already knew his background, and all I probably needed was just to talk to him and that pretty much sealed the deal. I already knew what he does for a lot of his players.”

Barnes went 402-180 at Texas and reached the NCAA Tournament in 16 of his 17 years there before getting fired in March. His teams have earned NCAA bids in 19 of the past 20 seasons overall.

“We’re not going to shy away from saying what we want,” Barnes said. “We want to be part of that tournament and have a chance like anybody else to play for the whole thing.”
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on October 16, 2015, 12:46:05 pm
https://twitter.com/patrickbrownTFP/status/654458114268381184
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on October 19, 2015, 06:03:49 am
GoVolsXtra ‏@GoVolsXtra 11h11 hours ago

Well-traveled Ray Kasongo finds home on UT basketball team http://ow.ly/TyxH6 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CRo6b_wUAAAMoIY.jpg)

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Ray Kasongo will always be tagged as Rick Barnes’ first signee as Tennessee’s basketball coach.

His hometown is listed as Toronto, but he graduated high school in Pikeville, Ky., where he lived for two years. He spent the 2013-14 academic year at Phase 1 Academy, a prep school in Phoenix, and last year played junior college basketball at the College of Southern Idaho.

He’s a sophomore forward who measures 6-foot-8, 245 pounds, is fluent in French, majors in theater and describes himself on the floor as a bull in a China shop...
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on October 21, 2015, 09:00:55 am
SEC Sports ‏@SEC 7m7 minutes ago

Chatting now with Rick Barnes of @Vol_Hoops. #SECMBB

Rick Barnes on this year's team: "They’ve been fun to coach. I think we’re versatile in the fact that we’ll play a lot of people."

Barnes: "No doubt, the #SEC is the best athletically in the country. I think it’s an exciting time to be part of this league."

Barnes: "We want to be a national program. And to be a national program you need to play a national schedule."

Barnes: "Armani Moore and Kevin Punter are two guys who have really bought in and done what we asked them to do."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on October 28, 2015, 07:16:33 am
Jimmy Hyams ‏@JimmyHyams 18h18 hours ago

UT basketball coach Rick Barnes at Rotary Club today said he has three core guys: Armani Moore, Kevin Punter, Kevin Baulkman.

Barnes said Moore and Punter could lead SEC in minutes played (almost 40/game) and UT will be `terrific handling ball’ due to playing 2 PGs

Barnes said UT will scrimmage Davidson Saturday (no fans allowed). Said it’s good way to learn about team. Prefers scrimmages to exhibitions

Barnes said UT needs senior forward Derek Reese to be a factor inside. He said Baulkman can be `an explosive offensive player.’

Barnes: `We’re trying to put in our system as well as do what’s right for team.’ Said he’ll play entire roster unless some don’t play roles.

Barnes said an NBA scout told him he was impressed with UT’s shooters. Barnes said UT needs to hit 8-10 3s a game to open lane, drive to rim

Barnes said the defenses of Dean Smith and Bobby Knight weren’t good toward end of their careers because they got `bored’ with defense... Barnes said he’s at that point: `Offense intrigues me. How can we get shots and great looks at the basket.’

Barnes said SEC teams must schedule tougher and that in a `bad year’ the SEC needs 6 teams in NCAA Tournament, and 8 to 9 in a `great year’

Barnes uses 15-second shot clock in practice to speed up pace of play: `The longer we hold it, there’s a good chance we might turn it over.'

Barnes said the new college basketball rules need to work and the only way they will work is if `officials do their job.’

Barnes said regular-season games need to be called the same way as postseason games. He's hoping universal system will lead to that

Barnes said it’s hard now for players to take a charge because rulesmakers are trying to avoid collisions and allow `freedom of flow'
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on November 01, 2015, 02:21:52 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 2h2 hours ago

Today's paper: Went to Hickory to learn about 'Rifle' Rick Barnes and found the longest story I've ever written http://www.knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/basketball/humble-beginnings-for-ut-coach-rick-barnes_45009363 …

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CSvMIqpWEAAN6Wt.jpg)

Hickory!
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on November 01, 2015, 02:57:58 pm
Jeff Goodman ‏@GoodmanESPN 2h2 hours ago

Tennessee edged out Davidson in scrimmage. Armani Moore went for 30 and 14, Kevin Punter with 27 points. Peyton Aldridge 19 & 9 for Davidson
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on November 04, 2015, 08:54:38 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey Nov 3

Also in today's paper: Tennessee sophomore forward Ray Kasongo awaiting NCAA clearance to compete; practice only now...

http://www.knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/basketball

Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on November 04, 2015, 07:08:54 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey  5h5 hours ago
Barnes on Kasongo: "We're optimistic about it, but it's up to the NCAAA ... it could be tomorrow, it could be this afternoon." So no idea.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on November 14, 2015, 07:37:18 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 11h11 hours ago

Quick gamer on @GoVolsXtra: Vols hold off UNC Asheville to give Rick Barnes his first career win at Tennessee http://www.knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/basketball/vols-hold-off-unc-asheville-in-rick-barnes-debut_36962893 …

Rick Barnes ignored the 49 points from Punter (31) and Hubbs (18). They combined for 0 rebounds. 'That's a problem'

Barnes: Can't have two starters w/ no rebounds and another w/ two offensive rebounds. Think about it, that's three starters w/ no def boards
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on November 14, 2015, 07:38:02 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey  5h5 hours ago
Barnes on Kasongo: "We're optimistic about it, but it's up to the NCAAA ... it could be tomorrow, it could be this afternoon." So no idea.

@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 14h14 hours ago

Story filed: Ray Kasongo serving one-game suspension, pay $300 in restitution to clear up amateurism issue w/ NCAA. Back Monday at GaTech.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on November 17, 2015, 06:34:22 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 11h11 hours ago

GaTech wins 69-67. Vols home Thursday vs. Marshall

Barnes said "we just don't flow" when Armani Moore is running point. Kevin Punter missed a lot of minutes second half. No smoothness.

Barnes confirms that Punter was dealing with cramping in the second half, after Vols built a 9-point lead. That's when Vols got sloppy.

Georgia Tech's last field goal came with 2:23 to go. Tennessee's last field goal came with 1:52 left. Each team scored 29 points 2nd half.

Final game story from Georgia Tech: Vols stung by sloppy play late http://www.knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/basketball/vols-get-stung-by-sloppy-play-late_03877069 …
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on November 18, 2015, 08:28:15 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 13h13 hours ago

Duke only has two players listed UNDER 6-foot-5. Tennessee only has three players OVER 6-foot-5.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CUDwA-zUkAAZ-Vm.jpg)
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on November 18, 2015, 08:30:02 am
GoVolsXtra ‏@GoVolsXtra 15h15 hours ago

UT basketball coaches not sure how to solve cramping problem http://bit.ly/1l3Y7Rt 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CUDOcuzWwAEOht-.png)

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Cramping remains a major concern for the Tennessee men's basketball team. And a remedy doesn't appear to be any closer than it was last week.

After thigh cramps sidelined senior Armani Moore during the second half of the Vols' Nov. 6 exhibition game against Alabama-Huntsville, they again struck during Monday night's 69-67 loss at Georgia Tech, keeping senior point guard Kevin Punter on the bench for crucial minutes down the stretch.

Tennessee's coaching staff doesn't know why players are cramping, or how to stop it.

"That is a little bit perplexing for us," associate head coach Rob Lanier said...
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on November 19, 2015, 08:12:04 pm
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247  9m9 minutes ago
FINAL IN KNOXVILLE: Tennessee 84, Marshall 74. #Vols erase 16-point second half deficit and win.

The last time #Vols erased a 15-plus-point deficit and won was against … Texas, which was coached by Rick Barnes. True story.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on November 20, 2015, 06:41:21 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 8h8 hours ago

If you yelled at Rick Barnes asking for a TO during Marshall's run early in the second half, he heard you.
http://www.knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/basketball/vols-finally-get-it-rally-to-beat-marshall_71799045 …

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Tennessee was in the midst of missing its first eight shots early in the second half Thursday night at Thompson-Boling Arena. Visiting Marshall was on a 13-0 run, building a 16-point lead and seemingly running away. The half-empty stands were silent.

Then Rick Barnes heard a fan cry out some coaching help from behind him.

“It’s funny,” the first-year UT coach said after the game. “You sit there and I hear somebody yell ‘Timeout.’ I’m thinking, ‘We just came out of the locker room, what else can I tell them?’ At some point in time, they have to figure it out, because I don’t want to be a joystick coach over there.

“At some point in time, they have to figure it out. I could call timeout after timeout. What am I going to tell them? Will you listen to me for the 15th time? Will you do this 15th time? At some point in time, they have to figure it out.”

That time was with 14 minutes, 36 seconds left...
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on November 20, 2015, 01:10:10 pm
Player's coach:

Patrick Brown ‏@patrickbrownTFP 16h16 hours ago

Derek Reese has an agreement with Rick Barnes: If he gets 10 rebounds, he can ask to shoot a 3. Not actually shoot it. Only ask.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on November 28, 2015, 09:18:09 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 11h11 hours ago

Rick Barnes says after the game that new NCAA rule where coaches can't call a TO during live balls is a bad rule. "They need to change it"

Barnes said he wanted a TO late in game against Marshall. Looked at official during live ball. Official said no and admitted it's a bad rule


PG Kevin Punter "chose not to paint" and jacked up a contested three from 25'+
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on November 28, 2015, 08:34:53 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 7h7 hours ago

There are four media members waiting on the Tennessee postgame presser. And four PR staffers.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on November 30, 2015, 12:33:16 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 5h5 hours ago

Notes from Brooklyn: Admiral Schofield's response off the bench, culture creating and bench development http://www.knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/admiral-schofield-responds-to-not-playing-with-career-day_96402860 …

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NEW YORK — If Admiral Schofield needed to vent, he had his chance Saturday morning while trading text messages with Tennessee men’s basketball associate head coach Rob Lanier.

The freshman forward didn’t get off the bench in a 73-70 loss to George Washington Friday night in the first round of the Barclays Center Classic at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

He was the only scholarship player that didn’t play.

“He and I texted each other (Saturday) morning,” Lanier said Saturday afternoon, after an 82-71 consolation-game loss to Nebraska, “because, you know what, we should’ve played him (Friday) night and we didn’t.”

Schofield was disappointed. And he wasn’t afraid to admit it.

“Honestly, it’s very frustrating because you know what you can provide,” Schofield said. “But you also have to understand that you’re a freshman and these (coaches) have been doing this for a long time.

“They felt the guys we had on the floor were the guys we could win with.”

What Schofield provided Saturday against Nebraska was 12 points in 17 minutes off the bench, both career highs. He made two of his three 3-point attempts and all four free throws.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on December 02, 2015, 08:38:51 am
 @GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 14h14 hours ago

Story: Robert Hubbs III undergoes right knee scope, return ‘undetermined' http://bit.ly/1jxy5VB 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CVLljtRWoAAHwfZ.jpg)

Hubbs missed time with groin, knee, stomach bug, even a poke in the eye. Consistent production, though.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CVLlbPQUEAAefqu.jpg)
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on December 03, 2015, 11:37:38 am
Rick Barnes is sending Assoc. HC Rob Lanier to handle media:

@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey Dec 2

Lanier said they're proud of Jabari McGhee for approaching Rick Barnes to discuss transfer "man to man." Said he did it the right way.

Lanier says Hubbs knee scope "is not a season-ending surgery." Can't pinpoint a timetable for his return.

Lanier continues to point to "overall competitiveness" in loss at GaTech. Mentioned Saturday they took a step in that loss. Then took a step back against Nebraska. "We really got outplayed."

Lanier said rebounding problems in Brooklyn (outrebounded 96-60 in two games) goes back to giving up dribble drives on defense.

Lanier said in George Washington game, while "looking for a spark," they found one in Ray Kasongo. Found one in Admiral Schofield Saturday

Lanier says they need to utilize Armani Moore in other areas (on the wing, pick-and-roll basketball) to help him beat double teams.

Rob Lanier said Lamonte Turner would "significantly" change this team if he were cleared before SEC schedule. Changes things for [Kevin Punter] at guard
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on December 10, 2015, 10:17:21 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 13h13 hours ago

With dribble penetration tracing back to origin of team's struggles, Rick Barnes continues to preach defense.
http://www.knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/basketball/rick-barnes-continues-to-preach-defense_77301759 …

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Staying in front of the basketball is that take away, if you ask Barnes.

“When you let people go right by you with not any resistance, it’s virtually impossible to rebound the ball,” Barnes said. “... We have to do a better job fighting to stay in front of the ball.”

The statistics back it up.

Out of 346 Division I teams, the Vols are 45th in defending the 3-point line, allowing opponents to make 29.2 percent of 3-point shots. UT is 101st in field goal defense (40.4 percent) and 232nd in scoring defense (74.3 points per game).

“We’re not asking anyone to guard the ball by themselves,” Barnes said. “We want to have really good support behind us.”

It’s been a hot-button issue at Pratt Pavilion between games
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on December 11, 2015, 08:52:16 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 12h12 hours ago

Tennessee's bench will be presseed without Robert Hubbs, who "hopefully" will be back before Christmas via @knoxnews http://www.knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/basketball/ut-bench-will-be-pressed-without-hubbs_42450721 …

Saturday's game at No. 18 Butler is on Fox Sports 1 (2:30pm tip). Tim Brando/Dickey Simpkins (who played for Barnes at Providence) on call
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on December 12, 2015, 08:21:52 pm
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247  2h2 hours ago
Barnes: I worked at Texas 17 years, and nine of those years I didn’t have a contract. I didn’t need to sign it. I knew they wanted me there.

Barnes: I have a great job. I love this job. I have an administration who cares and a great group of fans who care. This is a special place.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on December 12, 2015, 11:24:50 pm
https://twitter.com/RobDauster/status/675780403303698436
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on December 15, 2015, 06:27:48 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 6h6 hours ago Tennessee, USA

Hoops Beat blog: UT assistant coach updates Robert Hubbs III, looks back to Butler and forward to FAU/Gonzaga http://knoxblogs.com/hoops-beat/2015/12/15/des-oliver/ …

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Tennessee assistant basketball coach Desmond Oliver on Robert Hubbs III:
“Our trainer really doesn’t give us timetables in terms of what day or what game. But I’ll say this, I watched him work out last night during our practice, off to the side, and he was moving pretty good, his shot looked good. So I have to imagine he’s day to day. It could be pretty soon.”

On what changes with Hubbs out
“I don’t know if it limits us, it just doesn’t give us a weapon that we would have offensively. He’s a kid that can go out there and get you anywhere from 17 to 25 points in a game and do it inside and out. He’s probably our best low-post player because he’s so talented. Even against bigger guys he can just catch it and jump up and dunk it and score it. That’s just one less weapon we have.

“I think we’ve shown we can have other guys step up. I thought Admiral Schofield (against Butler) started in place of (Hubbs) and had a big game. There are guys who can step up and score. But it’s good to have all of your weapon opposed to guys sitting out.”

Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on December 17, 2015, 07:10:20 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 8h8 hours ago Tennessee, USA

FAU wanted to kill Brad Woodson when he checked in Wednesday night. Kevin Punter wasn't going to stand for that. http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/vols-buckle-up-for-victory-26812ffd-f066-10f6-e053-0100007f874c-362741461.html …

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Rick Barnes wasn't necessarily sending a message to his Tennessee men's basketball team when he sent Brad Woodson, a 6-foot-1 walk-on guard from Murfreesboro, into the game with 17 minutes, 18 seconds to play Wednesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Instead, with the Vols leading 41-30, a message was sent from the Florida Atlantic bench.

"Those guys were talking a little bit of junk, so it lit a fire under us," senior point guard Kevin Punter Jr. said after the game. "When Brad came in, one (FAU) guy told one of his players, 'Kill him.'

"I'm just like, 'Let's buckle up now, on this possession here.' And we got a stop."

Punter didn't stop either, scoring 15 of his game-high 24 points in the second half as Tennessee ran away from Florida Atlantic for an 81-62 win in front of an announced crowd of 12,309.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on December 18, 2015, 06:29:21 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 11h11 hours ago

Hoops Beat Notebook: Kyle Alexander’s improvement evident vs. FAU | Minding the scouting report | Punter points http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/kyle-alexanders-improvement-evident-vs-florida-atlantic-270c51e9-ee09-1dc6-e053-0100007f1a68-362876271.html …

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Kevin Punter Jr. took over the game Wednesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.

With the Tennessee men's basketball team holding a 53-48 lead with nine minutes, 46 seconds to play against Florida Atlantic, Punter scored 15 points during a Vols' 18-2 run over the next 4:31 as UT coasted to an 81-62 win.

Freshman forward Kyle Alexander got the credit, though.

"All those points that KP started scoring through that flurry were really because of (Alexander)," first-year Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. "He did just a great job of fighting for his space and really doing this job."

The 6-foot-9 Alexander sparked the Vols (5-4) with career highs in points (six), rebounds (five), blocks (three) and minutes (22).

His career night against Florida Atlantic, though, started with Saturday's loss at No. 17 Butler.

"When you watch the film, you have to see where you went wrong," Alexander said. "To be honest, I was kind of embarrassed with how I played (against Butler). So talking to my dad, talking to the coaches, I had to make a decision to grow up, to mature, to be disciplined and do what I have to do.

"(Against Florida Atlantic) I took care of the little details that helped the whole bigger picture."

Those details, he added, were as small as getting in the right stance or running the floor hard and ducking into the lane, creating space for guards like Punter to drive to the basket.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on December 19, 2015, 09:01:49 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 10h10 hours ago

Story from Seattle: On the friendship between Rick Barnes and Gonzaga's Mark Few, in both coaches' own words http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/on-new-team-rick-barnes-reunites-with-old-friend-270c51e9-ee0a-1dc6-e053-0100007f1a68-363006551.html …

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SEATTLE — Tracing the root of a friendship, Rick Barnes had to go back close to two decades to recall when his path first crossed with Gonzaga basketball coach Mark Few.

"I think I met Mark for the first time back when I was at Clemson," Barnes, in his first year as Tennessee's coach, said Wednesday night after a win over Florida Atlantic. "It may have been the first or second year at the Top of the World tournament up in Alaska."

It was Barnes' fourth year at Clemson, to be exact, and it was an 84-71 title-game loss that the Zags handed to a Clemson team that had a No. 5 ranking.

The two friends meet again Saturday at KeyArena in Seattle, as Gonzaga (7-3) plays host to Tennessee (5-4) in the Battle in Seattle (11 p.m., TV: ESPNU).

"We've gotten to know each other and he's a wonderful person and great guy," Barnes said of Few. "We just kind of clicked a little bit, but that was the first time I would've met him."

The two becoming close was as much off the court as it was on.

"He's always so upbeat," Few said of Barnes on Friday. "He's pretty funny, always a practical jokester. But he has a real heart and great conviction to his faith, which I have the same. So we kind of hit it off there."

The two coaches getting their respective programs together is nothing new. For the last handful of years at Texas, Barnes and his team have faced Few and the Zags for a scrimmage somewhere between Austin, Texas, and Spokane, Wash.

One year it was Phoenix. Another year it was Boulder, Colo. They met at the Pepsi Center in Denver once.

"Once we started scrimmaging, (the relationship) really grew," Few said, "because we would always, after the scrimmage, try to share thoughts on each other's teams."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on December 19, 2015, 07:37:25 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 3h3 hours ago

Local look at tonight's Battle in Seattle (11pm, ESPNU) from the @seattletimes http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/gonzaga-bulldogs/gonzaga-mens-basketball-returns-to-keyarena-this-time-for-battle-in-seattle-game-vs-tennessee/ …

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Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on December 20, 2015, 06:43:34 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 4h4 hours ago

Final game story filed at 3am Eastern. Don't everybody read it all at once. http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/vols-rally-but-fall-to-gonzaga-86-79-274d592d-9278-7e30-e053-0100007fd7fa-363060661.html …

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SEATTLE — No consolation prizes were handed out at KeyArena when the horn sounded late Saturday night, ending Gonzaga's 86-79 win over Tennessee in the Battle in Seattle.

There was no moral victory for a Tennessee team that traveled 2,500 miles to come up seven points short.

The Vols stumbled out of the gate with an 11 p.m. Eastern tip-off before rallying to erase what was as much as a 19-point Gonzaga lead, going ahead midway through the second half on a Devon Baulkman 3-pointer.

Still, the Zags had more answers down the stretch, executing in the closing minutes to hang on in front an energetic crowd 16,770, the biggest in the Battle in Seattle's 12-year history.

"It's more frustrating because we had to fight from behind," first-year Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said after the game. "We had to do that. We could've given ourselves more of a chance in the first half."

Domantas Sabonis was dominant for Gonzaga (8-3), scoring 36 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. He had 16 points, making six of eight shots, and grabbed six boards in the game's first 13 minutes, 50 seconds. Kyle Wiltjer added 24 points and six rebounds for the Zags.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on December 21, 2015, 12:26:47 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 3h3 hours ago Tennessee, USA

In today's paper: Robert Hubbs return from knee scope, Devon Baulkman's bench notice and Tennessee's post presence http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/robert-hubbs-iii-playing-was-last-minute-decision-270c51e9-ee0c-1dc6-e053-0100007f1a68-363086031.html …

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SEATTLE — Early in the day, there was no plan for Robert Hubbs III to play against Gonzaga on Saturday night in the Battle in Seattle at KeyArena.

Three weeks removed from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, looking into a chronic swelling and soreness issue, Hubbs spent the entirety of Friday's practice in Seattle working out on the side. His participation was limited in Saturday morning's shootaround.

Then Tennessee men's basketball coach Rick Barnes got a knock on his room at the W Hotel in downtown Seattle about 15 minutes before the team bus was scheduled to depart for the arena. It was UT trainer Chad Newman.

"He said Hubbs talked to him and felt good," Barnes said...

Hubbs, a junior guard, played 19 minutes in the 86-79 loss, making 1 of 6 shots.

"It was a last-minute decision," Hubbs said. "I felt like I could go and give my team as much of my body that I can. I'm not 100 percent yet. A couple more days and I'll be there."


Senior guard Devon Baulkman was very active during the loss to Gonzaga.

He scored 17 points, second only to Punter, grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and had four assists, second only to Punter's five. Baulkman made 7 of his 14 shots, including 2 of 5 3-point attempts.

If anything got his attention, it was the bench.

"I think he's realizing that Detrick (Mostella) and Shembari (Phillips) can do some things," Barnes said. "I don't think there's anything more potent to get a guy's attention than to let him sit on that bench. I think when that happened, he responded."

Baulkman played 34 minutes against Gonzaga, his highest since Nov. 27 against George Washington

"I asked him to do a couple things (against Gonzaga) and he did it, Barnes said. "He was locked in. But to win these games, everyone has to be locked in."


Poor Post Play: Gonzaga got a combined 60 points and 22 rebounds from forwards Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis.

Tennessee had a combined 10 points and 12 rebounds from its four forwards — Derek Reese, Admiral Schofield, Kyle Alexander and Ray Kasongo.

"The post guys … Derek Reese has got to give us more," Barnes said. "All we're asking him to do is defend and rebound the ball. Admiral has got to quit just thinking, 'offense, offense.' "
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on December 22, 2015, 09:32:25 am
 Jimmy Hyams ‏@JimmyHyams Dec 19

Tennessee has three players that rank among the top 15 in the SEC in scoring: Kevin Punter (23.0), Armani Moore (15.8, Robert Hubbs (15.3)

The last time UT’s No. 3 scorer averaged at least 15 ppg was 1976-77: Mike Jackson (15.4) behind Bernard King (25.8, Ernie Grunfeld (22.8

Six times since 1998 UT's leading scorer didn't even average 15 points per game.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on December 24, 2015, 06:42:48 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 11h11 hours ago

Hoops notes: Kyle Alexander was "gosh awful" against Butler. Two games later he started. His progress: http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/kyle-alexander-playing-catch-up-with-vols-270c51e9-ee10-1dc6-e053-0100007f1a68-363425301.html …

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Rick Barnes isn't one to mince words. On the job at Tennessee for nearly nine months, the veteran coach has proved time and again he isn't afraid to say what he thinks.

No players are spared the candor. Kyle Alexander wasn't Tuesday night after Tennessee's 76-67 win over East Tennessee State at Thompson-Boling Arena.

"After the Butler game, he was gosh awful, and he knows it," Barnes said of Alexander, UT's 6-foot-9 freshman forward.

In the three games since playing Butler — wins over Florida Atlantic and ETSU and a loss to Gonzaga — he has 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks while averaging 20 minutes a game.

In the eight games prior, he had five points, 13 rebounds and three blocks, playing no more than 15 minutes in a game.

"We said to him, 'There's no more excuses now. You wanted this. Here it is. Now you have to go get it,' " Barnes said.

Alexander went and earned it.

"He works," Barnes said. "He's one of the last guys to leave practice every day. He's going to be a terrific player. He'll be a different player in thirty days. Watch how he grows in the next thirty days by what he's getting right here.

"More than anything, he's starting to see it a little bit quicker. That's what he's got to do, catch up with the speed of the game."

Against ETSU, Alexander made his first career start.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: HotlantaHog on December 24, 2015, 11:01:23 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 11h11 hours ago

Hoops notes: Kyle Alexander was "gosh awful" against Butler. Two games later he started. His progress: http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/kyle-alexander-playing-catch-up-with-vols-270c51e9-ee10-1dc6-e053-0100007f1a68-363425301.html …


No one is expecting a lot from Tennessee. Rick Barnes is going to surprise some folks in the SEC -- maybe this year, and if not, in future years. He is a very good coach.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on December 28, 2015, 01:57:24 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 37m37 minutes ago Knoxville, TN

Story: Rick Barnes says he "doesn't think there's any way" Lamonte Turner plays this season. http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/ut-freshman-lamonte-turner-unlikely-to-play-this-season-27f802f2-efb6-481d-e053-0100007febd8-363653211.html …

Would know.

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Freshman point guard Lamonte Turner likely won't play for the Tennessee men's basketball team this season, despite an appeal filed to the NCAA by the Vols after Turner was ruled academically ineligible in September.

"I don't think there's any way he'll participate this year," first-year Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said Monday before practice at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Barnes confirmed to the News Sentinel earlier this season that Tennessee would appeal the NCAA's decision, but not beyond the start of SEC play.

The Vols (6-5) open league play Saturday at Auburn (TV: WVLT, 2 p.m.).

Tennessee hosts Tennessee State (9-3) Tuesday (TV: SEC Network, 1 p.m.) at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Turner is not allowed to compete or travel with the Vols, but is allowed to practice with the team as a redshirt freshman this season. Tennessee has cited the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act as to why more details haven't been disclosed regarding Turner's academic situation.

Turner graduated from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on December 30, 2015, 12:28:54 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey Dec 26

I was Tennessee's shadow in Seattle. From practice to bus, team meals and film sessions, even pregame locker room http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/a-peek-inside-the-tunnel-of-ut-basketballs-trip-to-seattle-27af2f02-dcd9-39cf-e053-0100007f0973-363564851.html …

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Tennessee erased a 19-point first-half deficit, taking the lead midway through the second half.

Gonzaga executed down the stretch. The Vols did not. And it can be heard, even while nothing is said, as the bus snakes through the downtown streets toward the hotel.

Close is progress, but progress isn't nearly as rewarding as a win.

"Honestly, I really do see it, but sometimes you don't see it when you lose," said senior point guard Kevin Punter Jr., Tennessee's emotional leader, after scoring a team-high 23 points in an 86-79 loss to Gonzaga on Dec. 19 in the Battle in Seattle at KeyArena.

Progress comes from learning what went wrong. It doesn't make it easier to handle what went wrong, or how to fix it.

"We've lost five games so far," Punter said. "All five of them, we've definitely taken something from them and gotten better from those losses.

"Sometimes you can't see the light when you lose, though. You can't see that light at the end of the tunnel."

SATURDAY pregame

Game day starts with a 9 a.m. wakeup call and team breakfast 30 minutes later, with a buffet table running the length of a reserved conference room. At 10:15 a.m., strength and conditioning coach Garrett Medenwald brings the meal to a close.

"Alright, film," Mendenwald snaps, ushering the team down the hall, around the corner and by a bank of elevators. Another conference room awaits, set up with a wall-sized projector screen.

Barnes commands the room from the front, with a laser pointer and remote to run the film. Assistant coach Chris Ogden chimes in from the back of the room, filling in any gaps in the coach's cadence.

The Vols devote the majority of the film session to redshirt senior Kyle Wiltjer, a 6-foot-10 Kentucky transfer who entered the game leading the Zags with 20.3 points per game.

Wiltjer does as much work from the 3-point line, if not more, than he does in the paint.

"Where does the rebounding start in this game?" Barnes asks his team, before answering his own question as players chime in: "At the 3-point line."

Barnes and Ogden spout more rhetorical questions while the film keeps rolling...
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 07, 2016, 08:51:53 am
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 12h12 hours ago

Barnes on why #Vols didn’t play well with a 30-point lead tonight against Florida: “We’d never had one before."

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Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 08, 2016, 12:47:04 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 59m59 minutes ago Knoxville, TN

Rick Barnes is 25-7 all time against Texas A&M and 2-0 against Billy Kennedy

Barnes says he has ton of respect for A&M HC Billy Kennedy. Barnes invited Kennedy to Austin for dinner when A&M hired him.

Audio: Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy discussed tomorrow's game against Tennessee on @KNSSportspage https://audioboom.com/boos/4037536-billy-kennedy …

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Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 09, 2016, 04:02:03 pm
 @GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 2h2 hours ago Knoxville, TN

Final: A&M 92, Vols 88. Tennessee (8-7, 1-2) travels to Georgia Wednesday (7pm on SEC Network)

Vols went ahead 82-74 on the Devon Baulkman jumper with 5:44 left. And didn't hit another shot from the field until Punter's 3 w/ 32.0 left.

Barnes said he told his team "we have a good basketball team" but they have to understand they have to take care of the ball (18 TOs today)

Barnes says Vols didn't play good transition defense in either half. But difference was turnovers. Led to too many transition points for A&M

Barnes said his players put ball over their heads and stared down passes too much against A&M zone.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 10, 2016, 01:14:58 pm
Patrick Brown ‏@patrickbrownTFP  3h3 hours ago
"We had them the whole game, and we just let it go." How it got away from #Vols against A&M. http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/sports/college/story/2016/jan/10/brutal-loss-aggies-storm-back-deny-vols/343924/ …

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KNOXVILLE — For the first 36 minutes Tennessee played well enough to notch its first win against a top-25 opponent under first-year coach Rick Barnes.

The last four minutes were another story, though.

Texas A&M outscored the Volunteers 18-4 in the final 4:12 as the 21st-ranked Aggies erased a 10-point deficit and stole a 92-88 win at Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday afternoon.

"We talk about how good we can be and how good we were today, and we just said those last few minutes were brutal to our lead," freshman Admiral Schofield said after scoring 16 points and grabbing six rebounds for the Vols.

"We had them. We had them the whole game, and we just let it go in those last six minutes."

All but one of Tennessee's losses this season have come by eight points or less, but this one probably was the toughest for the Vols (8-7, 1-2 SEC), who led by as many as 13 points and were in front for more than 34 minutes.

For most of the second half it felt like Tennessee's lead was more precarious than the scoreboard showed, but the Vols had an answer every time the Aggies threatened.

Kevin Punter Jr., the SEC's No. 2 scorer who had 17 of his 19 points in the second half...

"With all that, and the way we can sit here and pick it apart, we had a chance," Barnes said. "We just didn't take care of the ball. I've told you guys before, if you get a lead, your offense has to protect it for you, and it didn't do that tonight."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 11, 2016, 11:12:07 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 23m23 minutes ago Knoxville, TN

Barnes says his team hasn't had problems with zones or other defenses. It's just lazy passes and bad play creating turnovers. Self inflicted

Barnes: "Some of those turnovers that led to those baskets was freshmen and sophomores with the ball"

Barnes on job he's done to this point, how he critiques himself: "Not good enough." Said Vols could've won every game to this point.

Barnes talking more about new rule where coaches can't call timeouts during live ball situations. Believes that has cost his team few games.

Barnes said they knew they would be competitive once they scrimmaged Davidson. "I thought we really competed that day."

Barnes said Armani Moore is Tennessee's glue guy, with all the things he does beside scoring (which has been down drastically of late)

Rick Barnes says in beginning of year, if Armani Moore wasn't scoring 12-14 points a game, Vols wouldn't be in it. Changed now.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 13, 2016, 07:35:57 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 46s46 seconds ago Athens, GA

From 3: Georgia 11-16; Tennessee 4-18

Kenny Gaines jam. Rick Barnes just shakes his head. Dawgs lead 61-54 with 7:57 left.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 13, 2016, 08:00:49 pm
Brad Wolverton ‏@bradwolverton 6h6 hours ago

Investigation clears U. of Texas athletics of academic-misconduct allegations. http://bit.ly/1UPxFH6

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A seven-month investigation into the University of Texas at Austin’s student services for athletes has found no evidence of academic misconduct but offered recommendations for improvement.

The university’s president, Gregory L. Fenves, commissioned the investigation following an investigation by The Chronicle last summer that found the university had appeared to allow academically unprepared players to test the limits of its policy on academic integrity.

Gene Marsh, a lawyer and the lead investigator, interviewed 83 people involved in the program and found “no support for the allegations of academic misconduct or violations of the institution’s procedures,” he said in a letter to the university accompanying a report of his findings. Mr. Marsh added that the investigators knew of no loose ends or unresolved issues and that the National Collegiate Athletic Association was no longer investigating the matter.

The 49-page report does point out that a majority of the university’s football, baseball, and men’s and women’s basketball players — and more than 70 percent of its African-American athletes — were majoring in education...
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 14, 2016, 07:49:33 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 19h19 hours ago

Internal investigation at Texas finds no evidence of academic misconduct under Rick Barnes http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/texas-says-no-evidence-of-academic-misconduct-365168491.html …

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The investigation covered years under coach Rick Barnes, who was fired in March 2015 after 17 seasons. Barnes is now at Tennessee, where a spokesman said Barnes would not comment on the report. Barnes has previously said he was unconcerned by the investigation.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 16, 2016, 08:09:54 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey  4h4 hours ago Mississippi, USA
Final: Tennessee 80, MissState 75. Vols (9-8, 2-3 SEC) home Wednesday night against Vandy (9pm, SEC Net). Mostella with 24, Punter 23

Vols snap 0-7 road skid by holding off a late charging Mississippi State

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Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 18, 2016, 12:53:11 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 1h1 hour ago Knoxville, TN

Rick Barnes: "If it were up to me, I'd dress like Bill Belichick."


Does not want to wear an orange blazer unless it could somehow benefit a charity and not distract his team nor draw attention to himself.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 18, 2016, 03:42:08 pm
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 2h2 hours ago

I admire Barnes saying he doesn’t want #Vols program to be about him. But with the way recruiting goes these days, it kinda needs to be.

If you hire a coach who has 600-plus career wins, your program temporarily becomes about him. You HAVE to be able to sell that. But JMO.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 21, 2016, 06:48:58 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 9h9 hours ago Knoxville, TN

Final: Vandy 88, Tennessee 74. Vols (9-9, 2-4 SEC) host 17-1 South Carolina at noon Saturday (SEC Network). Kevin Punter had 26 tonight.

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Barnes: "We just weren't very good." Said team looked like the one everyone expected when picked to finish near bottom of SEC in preseason
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 21, 2016, 09:36:52 pm
Tom Satkowiak
‏@TomSatkowiak
.@RickBarnesUT still collecting residual checks from NBC for his cameo appearance in Friday Night Lights. 🎬💸💸

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Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 23, 2016, 01:13:10 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey  10m10 minutes ago Knoxville, TN
Final: Vols 78, No. 24 South Carolina 69. Tennessee (10-9, 3-4 SEC) at Alabama Tuesday night. 9 p.m. tip on SEC Network. Punter w/ 36 today

17-2 overall looks good. 4-2 in SEC looks awful. 
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 23, 2016, 05:19:02 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey  3h3 hours ago
Frank Martin said he loves having Rick Barnes in the SEC

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Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 23, 2016, 08:37:59 pm
Patrick Brown ‏@patrickbrownTFP 7h7 hours ago

Tennessee's last win against a ranked team was against Arkansas last January.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 23, 2016, 08:43:34 pm
 @GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 7h7 hours ago Knoxville, TN

Rick Barnes on facing Frank Martin: "It's like going to the darn dentist. With no Novocaine."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 25, 2016, 01:52:37 pm
Patrick Brown ‏@patrickbrownTFP 3h3 hours ago

Barnes on Alabama (1-5 in SEC): They did as much in the non-conference as anybody in the SEC and really helped our league.

Barnes was an assistant coach under Wimp Sanderson at Alabama once upon a time (1985-86). Went to the Sweet 16 that season.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 25, 2016, 02:23:37 pm
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 3h3 hours ago

#Vols’ Armani Moore: I was one of the tallest guys on my HS team. I never really thought I’d be one of the tallest guys on my college team.

#Vols’ Armani Moore on why he’s 8th in SEC in rebounding and 2nd in blocks at 6-foot-4: I want to win.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 26, 2016, 07:47:41 am
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 12h12 hours ago

#Vols coach Rick Barnes still using lessons learned from Bama’s Wimp Sanderson: http://bit.ly/1Qx62n9 

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Rick Barnes spent only one season — the 1985-86 season — as an assistant at the University of Alabama, but Tennessee’s first-year coach said he learned “a lot” during that one season under Wimp Sanderson in Tuscaloosa...

"I learned a lot from (Sanderson),” Barnes said during his weekly Monday press conference inside the Ray and Lucy Hand Digital Studio. “Coach understood the ‘KISS’ theory — you know, ‘Keep it simple, stupid.' He understood that. He understood players' feelings.

“He was the first time I've ever been around a coach that once you get into this time of year, we might practice 30 or 45 minutes.”

Barnes said he quickly saw the benefits of Sanderson’s get-in-and-get-out late-season practice schedule as the Tide looked fresh late in the season and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen — only to lose a close game to Kentucky for the fourth time that season to finish painfully close from the Elite Eight.

“I'll never forget, I asked Coach Sanderson what was the key to being successful, and he said something he had learned from Coach [Bear] Bryant,” Barnes said. “He said, ‘Recruit well, schedule well, and coach well is the third part. But don't ever lose games by getting beat on the practice court.’ I thought our guys were always at their very best come game time..."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 27, 2016, 06:45:55 am
Patrick Brown ‏@patrickbrownTFP 9h9 hours ago

Tennessee loses 63-57 at Alabama and is now 3-2 in SEC games it's led for 30-plus minutes.

Vols were outscored 16-2 in the final 4:16 of that game. Brutal.

In six of eight SEC games Tennessee's led for nearly 192 out of a possible 240 minutes, and the #Vols are 3-3 in those games.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 27, 2016, 11:05:55 am
SEC Network ‏@SECNetwork 13h13 hours ago

Crimson Tide Comeback!

@AlabamaMBB rallies from down 15 in the 2nd half to beat Tennessee 63-57.

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@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 3h3 hours ago

Hoops Beat blog: Postgame quotes from Barnes/Hubbs/Punter explaining an inexplicable loss Tuesday at Bama http://knoxblogs.com/hoops-beat/2016/01/27/postgame-quotes-alabama-63-vols-57/ …

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RICK BARNES, Jan. 26
“That might’ve been the ugliest 20 minutes of basketball for two teams in the first half I think I’ve seen in a long time. Then second half, when we had a chance, had control of the game and let it go, it just gets down to competitive spirit. That’s all it gets down to. We weren’t tough enough to compete all the way through and play 40 minutes. That’s what it got down to.”
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 27, 2016, 06:06:35 pm
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 39s39 seconds ago

#Vols hoops got rid of some post-loss blues today by visiting a local children’s hospital: http://bit.ly/1JGevTL 

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Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 29, 2016, 07:16:16 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey  5h5 hours ago Knoxville, TN
Rick Barnes won't be a "joystick coach," even when poor offense equals poor defense and games are thrown away http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/are-vols-in-need-of-a-joystick-coach-in-basketball--2a6f42e5-348e-583b-e053-0100007f7dc5-367008921.html …

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http://"I think one of the most important things in coaching is letting players play with a free mind," Barnes said Friday afternoon at Pratt Pavilion. "I think you've got to get them to understand the game and what goes into it."

Entering Saturday's Big 12/SEC Challenge game (TV: ESPN2, 2 p.m.) at TCU (9-11), the Vols (10-10) have to understand how to guard for 40 minutes.

"To me, joysticking is more where every time down the floor you want to call a play, you want to do this and do that," Barnes said. "We did not guard coming down the stretch (against Alabama), that was the bottom line.

"They came down, it started with an offensive rebound and a foul. But that's where we got hurt, the defensive end."

Barnes has repeatedly bemoaned his team's inability to use a scouting report to their advantage, getting away from the game plan early. It applied again at Alabama.

After the loss, Barnes referred to Tennessee's early lead as "fool's gold" after ignoring another scouting report.

"I don't think they realize that other teams scout us," Barnes said on Tuesday. "They come out, like Armani Moore was wide open at the top of the key, that was by design, hoping he would get in a hurry and try to dribble the ball and he did and he turned it over.

"We knew they were going to trap (Kevin) Punter, that's pretty easy to figure that out."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 30, 2016, 08:31:40 am
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 14h14 hours ago

Wes Rucker Retweeted Allan Bell

Barnes is a fun guy to cover. No doubt about that. You always know where he stands on everything.


Not Butch
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 30, 2016, 09:47:28 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 19m19 minutes ago

Returning to Texas, Rick Barnes tells the Dallas Morning News he believes 'I'm where God wants me to be' http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/college-sports/texaslonghorns/2016/01/29/believe-god-wants-rick-barnes-whose-vols-visit-tcu-opens-exit-texas …

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FORT WORTH -- Rick Barnes took in renovated Schollmaier Arena, trying to pinpoint everything that had changed since his last visit.

Then he immediately started quizzing a bystander on how Charlie Strong's recruiting was going and what national signing day looked like for Texas football.

While Barnes is fully invested in his first year as Tennessee head coach, the 17 seasons he spent at Texas and in the Big 12 remain a key part of life. The old and new chapters intersected in Friday night's shootaround before Tennessee (10-10) faces TCU (9-11) as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

Barnes says he's fully exchanged one shade of orange for another.

"When you leave, you let everybody who needs that color have it," Barnes said, sitting back on a courtside seat. "I have wonderful friendships here. I'll always be a fan of Texas.

"I'm very blessed to have this opportunity. There's no doubt in my mind we're going to get it going."

Among the people Barnes talked with was Texas successor Shaka Smart...
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 30, 2016, 04:08:28 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey  40m40 minutes ago
Early gamer: Plots reads the same, just a different opponent in a different arena. Vols fall 75-63 at TCU. http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/tennessee-blows-14-point-halftime-lead-in-loss-to-tcu-2a843af1-fbd7-61fa-e053-0100007fe234-367104581.html

Usher just asked if the Texas coach was coming out to do radio. Other usher: "You mean Tennessee?"

Vols have been outscored in the 2nd half of games vs. major conference teams (14) 603-546. Only 3-5 in those games when leading at the half.

Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 30, 2016, 09:06:02 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey  4h4 hours ago Tyler, TX
Hoops Beat blog: Postgame quotes from Rick Barnes, Kevin Punter and Kyle Alexander following 75-63 loss at TCU http://knoxblogs.com/hoops-beat/2016/01/30/postgame-quotes-tcu-75-vols-63/ …

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RICK BARNES, Jan. 30
“It’s been kind of the same thing the last couple games, when adversity starts coming a little bit. You would expect them to make a run. We told them to start the second half they would come out and look to really drive the ball at us.

“What happens when it starts swinging the wrong way for us, we have too many guys that just go and hide and put everything on KP. And everyone is game-planning for him anyway. He needs some help.”

“I thought Armani and KP (played well). And I thought Kyle Alexander did a terrific job. He’s been playing basketball two years. He’s going to be a really good player. I thought Shembari and Admiral, those guys, (played well).

“We’ve got to get more out of Robert Hubbs and Devon Baulkman. Detrick (Mostella), too many turnovers. He just gets, I don’t know where he gets going.

“It’s just handling adversity. And we haven’t done a good enough job of that.”
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 01, 2016, 08:39:17 am
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 14h14 hours ago

Rick Barnes: #Vols need more from Robert Hubbs, Devon Baulkman: http://bit.ly/1VA949M 

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“When people start making a push at us, we have too many guys that hide,” Barnes said. “I mean, we put everything on Kevin and Armani. … We just can’t keep putting everything on Kevin Punter. Teams are gonna load up on him. We had too many guys that I thought shied away from it when he was being pressured and stuff. He was the one guy that kept talking about moving and screening. Too many guys were just standing around, just expecting him to do everything, and he can’t do everything. He’s terrific. I wouldn’t trade him for anybody, but the fact of the matter is he (can’t do everything).

“When Armani left the game, I just felt like the guys that needed to step up for us didn’t do it.”

Barnes pointed to a pair of veterans — junior guard Robert Hubbs and senior guard Devon Baulkman — and publicly challenged them to give Tennessee more.

Hubbs, a former five-star prospect from West Tennessee, scored just two points on 1-of-7 shooting from the floor and failed to corral a single rebound in 21 minutes at TCU...
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 01, 2016, 12:36:14 pm
Steve Walentik ‏@Steve_Walentik 2h2 hours ago

Rick Barnes said Tennessee isn't running that many plays for Kevin Punter. He's generating points within the offense, averaging 23 points

Barnes: "I don't know if I've ever played with five guards as much as we have this year."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 02, 2016, 10:30:56 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 2h2 hours ago Knoxville, TN

Final: Vols 84, No. 20 Kentucky 77. Tennessee rallies from down 21 with under six minutes left in the first half. At Arkansas Saturday.

Rick Barnes: "What it got down to, we have a group of guys that put time in the gym."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 03, 2016, 06:19:44 am
Three more things from Kentucky basketball’s stunning loss at Tennessee  (http://www.kentucky.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sidelines-with-john-clay/article58080383.html)

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Tennessee is a small team. It doesn’t have a player who has played substantial minutes and is over 6-foot-7. Tennessee is also not a good rebounding team. The Vols entered Tuesday night having been outrebounded for the season. It’s pre-game rebound margin was negative-two.

And yet, Tennessee outrebounded Kentucky 37-36 at Thompson-Boling Arena. That’s surprising enough. Here’s the real shocker: Tennessee claimed 41.2 percent of its offensive rebounds.

At least at the start Tuesday night, Thompson-Boling was all but dead. It was a late arriving crowd. And those in their seats were not making much noise as Kentucky rolled to a 34-13 lead with five minutes left in the first half.

“I thought, ‘We’re ok,’” said Calipari.

They were not.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 04, 2016, 07:51:06 am
 @GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 13m13 minutes ago

Rick Barnes says he and his team don't change much, even after the losses at Bama and TCU. http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/rick-barnes-praises-his-team-for-its-attitude--2ad0cc2c-6e2d-1c3d-e053-0100007f32d3-367594051.html …

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If the Tennessee men's basketball team had been run out of Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday night, instead of rallying from a 21-point first-half deficit to upset No. 20 Kentucky 84-77, Rick Barnes said his postgame comments wouldn't have been much different.

"I love these guys," Barnes said. "If we would have walked in here and lost this game, I would have told you the same thing. I've really enjoyed these guys a lot because I don't think they've ever had an attitude of 'We're going to quit.' "

The Vols (11-11, 4-5 SEC) were down 34-13 after 15 minutes against Kentucky, coming off a week in which they blew a 15-point lead with 14 minutes to play at Alabama on Jan. 26 and a 14-point lead at halftime Saturday at TCU.

"There's still a lot of basketball to be played," Barnes said. "Obviously, as a coach, after you lose the way we did, you think, 'What will be the mindset?'

'Scared To Death': While speaking Wednesday to the Big Orange Tipoff Club, Tennessee assistant coach Chris Ogden recounted the halftime speech delivered by Barnes against Kentucky.

"(Barnes) says, 'That coaching staff over there in (the Kentucky) locker room is scared to death,' " Ogden said. "He said, 'They know we can explode on offense.' "

The Vols closed the first half on a 23-8 run to get back within six points at the break, and outscored the Wildcats 48-35 in the second half.

Arkansas hosts Tennessee Saturday
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 07, 2016, 06:17:32 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 9h9 hours ago Arkansas, USA

Final: Arkansas 85, Tennessee 67. Vols (11-12, 4-6 SEC) home to face Bruce Pearl Tuesday night at 7pm on SEC Network. Punter had 24 tonight.

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Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 07, 2016, 06:20:44 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 7h7 hours ago

Vols defended harder in practice Friday than Saturday at Arkansas. Shots didn't fall, either. Up. Down. Up. Down. http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/inconsistent-vols-flat-against-arkansas-2b0da684-a99c-7327-e053-0100007f0f81-367943681.html …

There's not a player on roster Barnes hasn't been critical of at this point.

Asked Rick Barnes what he can tell Robert Hubbs that he hasn't told him already. "At some point he has to look in the mirror."

Barnes: "We have to better defensively. We have to be on edge with our scouting report. We didn't do either one of those."

Barnes: "I thought we had too many guys making excuses, too, when they came to the bench. That's a sign of immaturity."

Barnes said his team defended itself in practice better (with more energy) than it defended Arkansas tonight.

Barnes: They outplayed us in about every way you can get outplayed.

Barnes said Arkansas has a good inside-outside game. "We're getting better there." Credits Kyle Alexander for his growth.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 10, 2016, 06:06:12 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 10h10 hours ago Knoxville, TN

Final: Tennessee 71, Auburn 45. Vols (12-12, 5-6 SEC) are at Missouri (8-15, 1-9) Saturday at 3 p.m. on @SECNetwork. Mizzou last in SEC.

Barnes on winning by 26 with only 4 from Punter: "(Auburn) is going through some tough times right now. We know that."

Barnes on building on this win Saturday at Mizzou: "It's been like a broken record." Win one big, lose the next.

Hubbs walks in and Barnes starts critiquing Hubbs. "Detrick shouldn't be our second leading scor"er in SEC play. It should be Robert Hubbs
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 10, 2016, 11:30:32 am
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 14h14 hours ago

#Vols and Arkansas continuing their battle for which team can look the most different in home games and road games. Yikes.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 11, 2016, 07:33:05 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 13h13 hours ago

Hoops notes from @Strangemike44: Vols still have plenty to play for; Staying cool under pressure http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/message-to-ut-basketball-players-were-not-dead-yet-2b5e4d85-c90f-6a3f-e053-0100007fb4f3-368396381.html …

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Coming home from an 18-point loss at Arkansas, Tennessee's men's basketball staff delivered an unambiguous message in a Sunday team meeting.

"Our message to our team is, we're playing for something,'' assistant coach Chris Ogden said Wednesday. "We're not dead yet.''

Ogden spoke at the Big Orange Tipoff Club meeting the day after the Vols blew out Auburn 71-45 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

At 11-12 overall and 5-6 in the SEC, Tennessee has a chance to get even on the season Saturday (TV: SEC, 3 p.m.) at Missouri.

Missouri (8-15, 1-9) is the first of seven remaining regular-season games, followed by the SEC tournament.

The Vols haven't won consecutive games since late December — and have won only one road game all season.

Coach Rick Barnes sensed in the wire-to-wire loss at Arkansas that the Vols needed a reminder that merely playing out the string will not bring desirable results.

"There are a lot of teams coming into February that aren't really playing for anything,'' Ogden said. "They're almost ready to pack it in..."

Something has to give at Mizzou.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 13, 2016, 03:57:39 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 17m17 minutes ago Illinois, USA

Mizzou 55, Vols 46 (8:44). Looks like Barnes is just running in as many bodies as possible to see what sticks.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 13, 2016, 04:08:16 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 4m4 minutes ago Illinois, USA

Final: Mizzou 75, Vols 64. Tennessee (12-13, 5-7 SEC) visits, oh you know, Rupp Arena Thursday to face Kentucky. KP had 21 today, Baulk w/17
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 13, 2016, 04:35:24 pm
Steve Walentik ‏@Steve_Walentik 31m31 minutes ago

Mizzou snaps a nine-game losing streak with a 75-64 victory over Tennessee, giving Tigers nine wins on the year to match last year's total

Rick Barnes: "I think the most important thing that went on here today was what Missouri did for Rhyan Loos today."

Barnes said #Mizzou came out knowing it was a game they could probably win, did the things they needed to to make it happen.

Barnes said he had a lot of respect for Kim Anderson, said he walked into a tough situation. "They certainly made the right hire."

Barnes said Tennessee hasn't had enough competitive spirit when it's needed it on the road. Vols are 1-11 away from Knoxville.

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Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 14, 2016, 08:04:14 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey  2h2 hours ago
Rick Barnes went through the box score line by line after Saturday's loss. Compliments were few and far between. http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/lack-of-consistency-is-hampering-vols-2bbd09e5-9815-6df8-e053-0100007f12ed-368783331.html …

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Describing yet another loss where too much was relied on from too few, coach Rick Barnes resorted to going down the box score after Tennessee's 75-64 loss to Missouri on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. The compliments were few and far between.

"I think Kyle (Alexander) is doing a lot for us," Barnes said of his freshman forward. "(Kevin Punter Jr.'s missed) free throws are huge there. Shembari (Phillips) I thought did a good job. Baulk (Devon Baulkman), you look at his line, it looks pretty good other than he only had one rebound."

Vols were out-rebounded 41-26 and missed 10 free throws as Missouri snapped a nine-game losing streak and ran Tennessee's road record to 1-11.

"Ray (Kasongo) played eight minutes, no rebounds," Barnes continued. "Robert Hubbs, a guy that I've said before should be our second leading scorer, plays 19 minutes, has one rebound, has two points, two turnovers. And a big turnover.

"Admiral (Schofield) plays, what, seven minutes? Doesn't do much. Detrick (Mostella), guys we're counting on, eleven minutes, doesn't do much. Derek (Reese) was in there trying to rest Kyle and that's when (Missouri forward Ryan) Rosburg really went to work on us a little bit more in there. When Kyle's in there, we have a better chance in the low post.

"We just need everybody to play," Barnes added. "It goes back, we've simply put too much on certain guys and we need other guys to help us."

Barnes was most disappointed in the lack of hustle stats. Of Tennessee's 26 rebounds, seven came from Alexander and four from Phillips. No other player had more than three.

"That's why you don't take playing hard for granted," Barnes said. "I think playing hard is a talent. Not everybody plays hard. Not everybody can figure out what it is they can do well and can't do well.

"But there are certain things that have to be non-negotiable. That's your effort on the boards, in the zone, coming over (and helping on defense) and doing your job, basically.

"We just aren't consistent with everybody doing that. And we have to have that as a group."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 14, 2016, 08:16:10 pm
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247  Feb 13
Vols’ next three games are against the three teams that came into the day tied for first in the SEC. Today was one they just couldn’t lose.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 15, 2016, 10:54:04 am
 @GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 12m12 minutes ago Tennessee, USA

Barnes on road losses: "It gets down to toughness."

Barnes on playing difficulty of playing at Rupp: "Our guys know. They watch enough Sportscenter that they probably know that."

Barnes said Vols were off on Sunday but will be "the same broken record" when they watch film of Mizzou loss today. Not enough consistency
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 16, 2016, 09:34:52 am
Emerald Youth ‏@emeraldyouth 18h18 hours ago

Thx for voting for @RickBarnesUT -- we're grateful for your support @Vol_Hoops fans! #Vols

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Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 17, 2016, 10:12:35 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 14h14 hours ago

Kyle Alexander saw a homeless man in downtown Knoxville. So he bought him a blanket. That's why he "just gets it" http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/kyle-alexander-has-become-a-big-building-block-for-vols-2bd58de0-bb84-6a70-e053-0100007f2049-368992261.html …

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Barnes was in a rush to get someone to the airport when he saw a homeless woman on the street in downtown Knoxville.

"She was standing there, she was literally crying, freezing," Barnes told the News Sentinel on Tuesday. "She said she was pregnant, needed help. I gave her the money out of my pocket. It wasn't much, I felt guilty."

So guilty that Barnes, the first-year Tennessee men's basketball coach, had to go back. The weather was too cold to ignore what he had seen.

"I literally went back and went around looking for homeless people at that time," Barnes said, "to see if anybody needed help."

Later, when Alexander, Tennessee's 6-foot-9 freshman forward, was shopping downtown with his teammates, the story was still in his head.

"I was walking and I remember thinking to myself, I'm Canadian and I think it's really cold," said Alexander, who is from Milton, Ontario. "This is really bad.

"I saw a man lying on the side of the street with just a backpack. His eyes were open, but he was just shaking."

Alexander knew he had to act as his coach had acted.

"I just put myself in his shoes," Alexander said of the homeless man he passed. "I went in the store and asked the lady there.

"I asked her, if you had to lie outside, what blanket would you get? Which one? And I just went out there and gave it to him."

When the story was retold to Barnes, he wasn't surprised.

"He's a wonderful person," Barnes said. "He's a great person. He just gets it."

Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 18, 2016, 11:40:05 am
UK-UT stats, storylines, TV info (http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/kentucky/2016/02/17/preview-uk-ut-stats-storylines-tv-info/80519524)

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TENNESSEE AT NO. 14 KENTUCKY

Game time: 7 p.m. Site: Rupp Arena (23,000). Line: UK by 15. Series: UK leads 151-68. Last meeting: Tennessee won 84-77 on Feb. 2, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn. Watch: ESPN.

Secret to Vols’ comeback?: So how exactly did Kentucky blow a 21-point lead with 5:46 to go in the first half of its first meeting with Tennessee barely two weeks ago? Was it the Wildcats taking their foot off the gas or Rick Barnes’ team flipping some kind of switch?

“It was both,” UK coach John Calipari said. “They played great offense. Rick got them to play the way they have to play to win. He’s one of the best coaches in the country. He’s one of the few that takes his culture with him to organizations. As they get through two and three and four recruiting classes, Tennessee’s going to look around and say, ‘This is the best program we’ve ever had here.’”
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 18, 2016, 08:57:00 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey  25m25 minutes ago
Early gamer from Lexington: Kentucky pulls away from Vols, 80-70 http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/kentucky-pulls-away-for-vols-80-70-2c01467e-aeb3-022b-e053-0100007f23c7-369365911.html …

Rick Barnes recycling material from Missouri postgame. Need more consistent help outside of KP and Armani. Happy with Kyle and Shembari.

Barnes on Devon Baulkman: "He was back there getting x-ray'd when I came in here ... he's had to deal with that the last couple of years"

Barnes said Kevin Punter is "fighting a little ankle" problem.

Barnes on UK keeping KP off right side of floor: He can go to his left. I don't know why he was so locked in to going right.

Barnes: "We're so interchangeable. The problem is when we lose our seven-footers. (dramatic pause) That was a joke."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 19, 2016, 07:48:12 am
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 10h10 hours ago

Barnes: I wish the SEC had more than three home-and-homes. They’re hard, but they’re great, and they prepare you for postseason play.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 20, 2016, 06:58:18 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey  27m27 minutes ago
Final: Punter-less Tennessee 81, LSU 65. Vols (13-14, 6-8 SEC) at South Carolina Wednesday at 9 p.m. on SEC Network.

Rick Barnes said they didn't know until shootaroud this morning that Kevin Punter would't be available. KP stood and shot, that was it.

Barnes on home wins, road losses: "We could play the what-if game ... we could talk about all the game we could've won, could've lost"

Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 20, 2016, 08:29:22 pm
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247  8m8 minutes ago
LSU coach Johnny Jones: Tennessee has beaten a lot of good teams up here this year. We’re not the only one.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 22, 2016, 11:29:26 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 22m22 minutes ago

More later, but for now: Rick Barnes says Kevin Punter is day-to-day with a stress fracture in his right foot http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/rick-barnes-kevin-punter-jr-day-to-day-with-stress-fracture-in-right-leg-2c4f0265-a688-7543-e053-010-369673811.html …
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 23, 2016, 09:53:13 am
Matt Slovin ‏@MattSlovin 42m42 minutes ago

Rick Barnes opens press conference: "There's a lot of things you deal with as coaches." Says decision to hold presser was the coaches'.

Barnes: "We have some great leaders here in our administration."

Barnes says Tennessee's AD is as good as anywhere he's ever been.

Barnes says "we have to tell you the good side, too. There are great things going on on this campus."

Barnes: "I promise you we're going to be truthful with you."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 24, 2016, 09:58:00 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey  2m2 minutes ago
Final: South Carolina 84, Tennessee 58

Let's get this postgame tweet out of the way: Vols fall to 13-15, 6-9 SEC. Host Arkansas on Saturday at 7:30pm (on @SECNetwork)
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 25, 2016, 06:45:29 am
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 8h8 hours ago

There are rappers in this world who couldn’t say more words than Rick Barnes said in six minutes tonight. Goodness. He was fired up.

Barnes: I knew Frank (Martin) would have his guys ready to play after the way it went in Knoxville. We needed to be tough and we weren’t.

Barnes: I’m not sure South Carolina wouldn’t have been better off just practicing instead of playing us today.

Barnes: “We just didn’t compete. Hubbs gave up two offensive rebounds to start the game."

Barnes: “I’m just disappointed that a couple of our guys didn’t compete, and then they made excuses for it."

Barnes: I’m willing to lose games to set the culture for this program. You’re not gonna make excuses. You’re not gonna blame your teammates.

Barnes: Some guys on that bench weren’t gonna come off that bench in the second half, even if everyone else fouled a lot.

Hickory!
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 26, 2016, 01:37:20 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 5m5 minutes ago

Kevin Punter Jr. update from Rick Barnes: He'll decide when he comes back, but it won't be tomorrow http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/kevin-punter-jr-ruled-out-against-arkansas-2c9f7054-55a9-78e5-e053-0100007fac66-370289791.html …

Rick Barnes quote out of context, talking about Arkansas: "They're very good at layups"

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Senior point guard Kevin Punter Jr. will miss a third consecutive game Saturday (TV: SEC Network, 7:30 p.m.) when Tennessee (13-15, 6-9 SEC) hosts Arkansas (14-14, 7-8) at Thompson-Boling Arena.

"He's day-to-day," Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said before practice on Friday afternoon. "He's not going to play tomorrow."

Punter earlier this week was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right foot, after suffering the injury during pregame warm-ups before an 80-70 loss at Kentucky on Feb. 18.

Without Punter, Tennessee beat LSU 81-65 in Knoxville Saturday and lost 84-58 at South Carolina on Wednesday. Punter leads the team in scoring (22.2 points per game) and minutes (34.1 per game).
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 27, 2016, 05:58:19 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey  37m37 minutes ago
Arkansas in red tonight. So I assume that means Tennessee is in its plain old boring home whites.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CcQecIaW4AANQiy.jpg)

Robert Hubbs isn't going through pregame with his fellow guards. Didn't practice yesterday afternoon. Had right knee in light brace.

Kevin Punter update: the boot is back (watched practice yesterday sans boot)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CcQl4jsWEAAlKfM.jpg)
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 27, 2016, 07:32:46 pm
Tennessee Basketball ‏@Vol_Hoops  22m22 minutes ago
Today marks the first time UT has started three true freshmen since 2/3/07 at Florida (Chism, R. Smith, Tabb). 317 games have elapsed since.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 27, 2016, 08:24:23 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey  2m2 minutes ago
Final: Arkansas 75, Tennessee 65. Vols (13-16, 6-10) at Vanderbilt on Tuesday (TV: @SECNetwork, 7 p.m.). Senior Day vs. Ole Miss on Saturday
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 27, 2016, 09:01:54 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey  2m2 minutes ago
Rick Barnes said this week they haven't established transition offense with Shembari at point guard. Fastbreak points tonight were 21-2 Ark.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 28, 2016, 08:07:43 am
https://twitter.com/wesrucker247/status/703776598256824320
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 28, 2016, 08:09:14 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey  2m2 minutes ago
Final: Arkansas 75, Tennessee 65. Vols (13-16, 6-10) at Vanderbilt on Tuesday (TV: @SECNetwork, 7 p.m.). Senior Day vs. Ole Miss on Saturday

Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 12h12 hours ago

This is gonna be Arkansas’ third win ever in Knoxville. Only other times: 2006, and the 1994 national title team.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 28, 2016, 09:09:45 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey  22h22 hours ago
The scouting report said Arkansas wants to hit 3s. The Vols didn't listen. [Also: updates on Hubbs/Punter] http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/arkansas-hits-nine-3-pointers-to-down-tennessee-75-65-2c907b63-a43a-1275-e053-0100007fbbb4-370396541.html …
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 29, 2016, 08:56:03 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey Feb 27

On the other end of the spectrum, here's Rick Barnes on Kevin Punter's stress fracture

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CcRXSrcWoAEPAEK.jpg)
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on February 29, 2016, 11:31:47 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 38m38 minutes ago

Rick Barnes says he feels like most kids don't get chance to solidify themselves in programs because outside influences encourage leaving.

Said Shembari Phillips didn't have a very good defensive game Saturday against Arkansas. Discussed freshmen at length.

Barnes says when his players act like they're tired, he reminds them they would be at the halfway point of an NBA season right now.

Barnes said coaching at Vandy isn't much of adjustment with benches under goal. That's where he coaches from during practice.

Barnes on what's been most frustrating this year: I've probably dealt with my own frustrations recently. You look back at what ifs.

Insight from Rick Barnes: "Losing isn't very much fun."

Rick Barnes said message to team on Sunday was things they're doing wrong are things they can still control. What they do, not opponents.

Barnes said Shembari "didn't play very hard" vs Arkansas. Said it's typical of a young guy, but when you have to success gotta keep going

Rick Barnes doing his best Bill Parcells: "We are what we are right now. We have who we have."

Barnes: "I know Armani is going to compete. I would tell the other guys the same thing. He's the one guy I know (is going to do it)."

Barnes said, obviously, this time of year competing shouldn't be an issue. But it is.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 01, 2016, 08:40:46 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 12h12 hours ago

From @Strangemike44: Vols have been on road to nowhere  http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/columnists/mike-strange/mike-strange-vols-have-been-on-road-to-nowhere--2cdbdb0e-c165-4b34-e053-0100007f16ed-370583431.html …

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Coaches have confessed to a sinking feeling as they stand on the baseline at Vanderbilt's unique Memorial Gym, watching their team run away from them.

By this point Rick Barnes should have a sinking feeling every time he watches his Tennessee team run away from Thompson-Boling Arena.

Once outside the doors of their empowering home court, the Vols are in trouble.

Tennessee will be in Memorial Gym in Nashville on Tuesday night. Barnes will patrol the baseline and, one last time, try to conjure up a road win for the Vols.

In 14 games away from Thompson-Boling, Tennessee has won only once — Jan. 16 at Mississippi State. The Vols are 1-10 in true road games and have lost three others in neutral venues...
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 03, 2016, 12:38:07 pm
Patrick Brown ‏@patrickbrownTFP Mar 1

On Punter, Barnes suggested to him he shut it down undergo surgery. Then walked into gym Monday morning and KP is getting shots up.

Barnes said Punter told him if there's anything he'd do to help his team he'd do it. "It's killing him not being out there."

Barnes on KP: "He was the one that teared up after this game tonight. It's killing him not being able out there able to play."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 03, 2016, 12:40:39 pm
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 Mar 2

Stubborn Kevin Punter fighting to get back on the floor for #Vols: http://tennessee.247sports.com/Article/Kevin-Punter-fighting-to-get-back-on-floor-for-Vols-basketball-44032023 … via 247Sports

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unter, the SEC’s second-leading scorer, battled a stress fracture in his right foot for at least a couple of games before finally leaving the floor and missing Tennessee’s past four games, including the Vols’ 86-69 loss at in-state rival Vanderbilt on Tuesday night in Memorial Gym.

Barnes sat down with Punter on Sunday and suggested that his senior star shut himself down and get surgery on the his ailing foot, and the point guard reluctantly agreed.

Then Barnes walked into Pratt Pavilion early Monday morning and saw Punter putting up set shots.

“On Sunday, he said to me, ‘Coach, can we talk?’ And then he said, ‘What should I do?’” Barnes said moments after Tuesday’s game. “Honestly, I said to him, ‘KP, you ought to shut it down and do the surgery and get done with it.’ He’s probably gonna have to do that eventually, anyway. He said, ‘OK.’

“And then I walk in Monday morning early, and the music’s blasting in the gym, and I walked in and I’m just shocked. KP’s standing in there shooting shots on the (rebounding) gun. I said, ‘What are you doing?’ He said, ‘Coach, I thought about it, and if there’s any way possible, anything I can do to help these guys win another game, I’ve got to do it for ‘em.’

“That speaks volumes for him as a person and the kind of kid he is.”

Punter, who had never in his life played point guard until Tennessee’s roster situation forced him to learn on the fly, quickly became the first player to buy into Barnes and his staff.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 05, 2016, 09:16:45 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 19h19 hours ago

Rick Barnes on being open and honest about his players, today's culture for young athletes and helping Robert Hubbs.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CcuzJ7BWwAEyDt4.jpg)

Barnes on Armani/Derek Reese playing for three coaching staffs in four years: "Well, they may decide they don't want to get into coaching"
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 05, 2016, 02:17:40 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey  1h1 hour ago
Final: Ole Miss 83, Tennessee 60. Vols (13-18, 6-12 SEC) await MissState-Auburn outcome to see when/who they play in SEC Tournament.

Barnes: "Andy Kennedy said to me, 'I know it's been really hard on you.' And it has. It's been hard."

Barnes on the biggest lesson he took away from his worst record as a head coach: "Recruit."

Devon Baulkman said when he checked out w/ little over 1:00 left, Barnes told him he loved him."I'm a kid that needs to hear that sometimes"
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 06, 2016, 10:33:24 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey  18h18 hours ago
From @Strangemike44: The ‘perfect storm’ never happened for Barnes, Vols http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/columnists/mike-strange/the-perfect-storm-never-happened-for-barnes-vols-2d411b80-85fe-2f85-e053-0100007fb526-371162651.html …

Barnes backed off his preseason puff that this team had more talent than teams at other stops which he had led to the NCAA Tournament.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 06, 2016, 08:11:10 pm
Jimmy Hyams ‏@JimmyHyams  Mar 5
Rick  Barnes  said fan support makes him more determined to  build a winner  at tennessee.

Barnes : 'It's amazing  how losing  one player  (Kevin Punter) hurts your team confidence wise, swagger wise.'
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 09, 2016, 08:06:37 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 14h14 hours ago

Tennessee went to Nashville looking for a spark, starting with Wednesday's game against Auburn http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/march-madness-for-vols--more-than-a-spark-needed-in-sec-2d90e7d4-0b46-2bf3-e053-0100007fcf3b-371457401.html …

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The last time the Tennessee men's basketball team played Auburn, the Vols won by 26 points.

The lead was as much as 33 with three minutes, 36 seconds left. Auburn missed 45 of its 59 shots from the field and Tennessee had 42 points from its bench.

Maybe most importantly, Kevin Punter Jr. had next to nothing to do with it.

Battling foul trouble throughout the game, the senior point guard recorded season-lows in both points (4) and minutes (19).

"We just felt like we did exactly what we needed to do in our scouting report," UT senior forward Derek Reese said on Tuesday. "We just came out and just played."

Tennessee (13-18, 6-12 SEC) hasn't played much since. The Vols have lost six of seven, including four straight to close the regular season, since the Feb. 9 rout of Auburn at Thompson-Boling Arena.

The last five were without Punter, who was done for the season after a Feb. 18 loss at Kentucky with a stress fracture in his right foot.

Now the 12th-seeded Vols get No. 13 seed Auburn (11-19, 5-13) on Wednesday (TV: SEC Network, 8 p.m.) to open the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 10, 2016, 06:26:30 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 8h8 hours ago

Story: Tennessee's coaches didn't know what to do while leading Auburn by 40. They hadn't prepped for that scenario http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/vols-dump-auburn-in-first-round-of-sec-tournament-97-59-2d90e7d4-0b55-2bf3-e053-0100007fcf3b-371606751.html …

This was Tennessee's biggest SEC tournament win. Topping a 56-24 win over Auburn in 1945.

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12th-seeded Vols jumped out to a 10-0 lead, shot 58 percent from the field and ran No. 13 seed Auburn out of Bridgestone Arena, winning 97-59 in the first round of the SEC tournament in front of 9,787 fans.

Vols left Knoxville with a four-game losing streak to close the regular season, searching for confidence while having to finish whatever games are left without senior point guard Kevin Punter Jr. (foot).

Barnes said his coaches backed off in practice the last two days, splitting his team up into groups of fives and letting players compete among themselves, learning how to communicate the hard way.

"We've set teams up where we wanted guys to compete," Barnes said. "They've done the best job all year of talking. We've said to them as a coaching staff that you try to get your team hard for this time of year, but this is a time of year for players.

"I thought the communication today was the best it's been."

It will have to be that much better Thursday against Vanderbilt.

The Vols lost to the Commodores 88-74 in Knoxville on Jan. 20 and 86-69 in Nashville on March 1. The winner advances to face No. 4 seed LSU on Friday.

"They had their way with us in Knoxville," Barnes said. "They beat us as lopsided as this game was (against Auburn). We were fighting uphill."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 11, 2016, 07:05:05 am
 @GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 11h11 hours ago

Clock hasn’t run out on Vols; UT advances to SEC quarterfinals  http://www.knoxnews.com/news/national/

Last time Tennessee won back-to-back games, Christmas Day was between the two games. Vols have now won twice in roughly 21 hours

Tom Satkowiak ‏@TomSatkowiak 7h7 hours ago

Prior to Thursday's 67-65 victory over Vanderbilt, @Vol_Hoops was 0-9 this season in games in which it failed to score at least 70 points.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CdPTA72UEAAhTxU.jpg)



Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 11, 2016, 07:52:09 am
Cory Gunkel ‏@CoryGunkel 13h13 hours ago

Rick Barnes on the fatigue factor: "There’s things a lot tougher in life to have to get up to do than come here and play a 40-minute game.”
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 11, 2016, 10:58:25 am
Josh Ward ‏@Josh_Ward 59m59 minutes ago

Question: Tennessee over Vandy yesterday was the biggest upset win for the Vols (regardless of sport) since...?
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 11, 2016, 08:34:41 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey  3h3 hours ago
Early gamer: Vols run out of gas in second half against LSU http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/vols-run-out-of-gas-against-lsu-84-75-2db9866b-7499-3545-e053-0100007f64c8-371837921.html …

Barnes said they don't take the NCAA tournament for granted. Working day in and day out to get Tennessee back there.

And with that, my countdown to the Maui Invitational starts now.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 11, 2016, 08:46:21 pm
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247  2h2 hours ago
SEC Tournament was big for #Vols hoops. Changed the way they’ll feel going into the offseason, IMO. One week changed things for the better.

Vols coach Rick Barnes: I’ve enjoyed being around these guys all year. We haven’t always played great, but these truly are great kids.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 13, 2016, 08:48:11 am
Mike Strange ‏@Strangemike44 15h15 hours ago

Mike Strange: Strange: At least #Vols  know Barnes will be back via @knoxnews http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/columnists/mike-strange/at-least-the-vols-know-rick-barnes-will-be-back-2dcd5503-4f7a-7c79-e053-0100007f5381-371886881.html …

No checks to Search Firms. No getting used to a fourth coach in four season.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 17, 2016, 11:26:29 am
Patrick Brown ‏@patrickbrownTFP 1h1 hour ago

Senior class helped Rick Barnes set a foundation in his first season at Tennessee. http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/sports/college/story/2016/mar/13/rick-barnes-appreciative-seniors-impact-hfirs/354982/ … #Vols

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NASHVILLE — Tennessee's basketball seniors certainly did not want to conclude their collegiate careers with the program's first losing season in more than a decade.

Coach Rick Barnes is appreciative, though, of what those four players did beyond Tennessee's win-loss record in his first season with the Volunteers.

As the program's third coach in as many years, Barnes wanted his first season to be about setting a foundation for his future seasons in Knoxville, and he's confident his departing seniors helped him do that.

"They're going to look back one day, these seniors, and even though they look at this record as not something that we wanted, they'll look back and know they were part of really trying build a program going forward," Barnes said after Tennessee's season-ending loss to LSU in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals Friday.

"Three coaches in three years, that's not easy for anybody."

Yet that's what Armani Moore and Derek Reese experienced to end their careers, and junior college transfers Kevin Punter Jr. and Devon Baulkman signed to play for one Tennessee coach and finished their second season with another.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 21, 2016, 07:59:28 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 14h14 hours ago

Rick Barnes on what he saw when he walked into the locker room after loss to LSU. And why he'll remember it http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/rick-barnes-tennessee-didnt-quit-on-each-other-at-end-of-season--2e4a23df-2349-4fd2-e053-0100007f3e4-372877341.html …

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Rick Barnes described it as a scene he'll always remember.

After an 84-75 season-ending loss to LSU in the SEC tournament quarterfinals on March 11, the first-year Tennessee men's basketball coach walked into a silent locker room at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

"Here's a team that just lost their 19th game, they were devastated," Barnes told the News Sentinel on Tuesday. "They were crying, they were emotional, because they truly wanted to win.

"That's what it takes to compete."

The loss came in the team's third game in three days, after eliminating Auburn and upsetting Vanderbilt.

The Vols played loose and confident as the tournament's No. 12 seed. They didn't want to go home, even after entering with a four-game losing streak and a 13-18 regular-season record.

"I have had some teams that didn't think like that," Barnes said. "Guys were thinking about what they were going to do next.

"But when you get teams that love it so much, and they love being together … this team didn't quit on each other. They kept going."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 22, 2016, 07:35:10 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 2m2 minutes ago

Jordan Bowden joining what's now a six-man 2016 signing class for Tennessee basketball.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 23, 2016, 01:59:02 pm
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 18h18 hours ago

#Vols signing a Jordan Bone and Jordan Bowden in the same hoops class won’t at all be confusing for the next four years...
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 01, 2016, 09:31:31 am
 @GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 15h15 hours ago

What I do know (and what's obvious): Rick Barnes won't release Ray Kasongo until he finishes academics and avoids being an APR hit.

Tennessee says, as of this afternoon, Ray Kasongo has not officially requested his release. Doesn't change anything, just process formality.

Here's what Rick Barnes told me on March 9 regarding the possibility of roster turnover and roster additions

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Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 03, 2016, 08:28:23 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey Apr 1

Story: Ray Kasongo has asked for & been granted his release from Tennessee. And what Vols look for w/ open schollie http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/ray-kasongo-granted-release-from-ut-basketball-2f741990-e24f-13e7-e053-0100007fc6d6-374323021.html?d=mobile …

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Sophomore Ray Kasongo has requested and been granted his release from the Tennessee men's basketball program.

Brandon Bender, Kasongo's mentor (agent?), confirmed the move to the News Sentinel on Friday.

Kasongo will remain at Tennessee through the end of the spring semester to complete his academic responsibilities.

There was no official word from Tennessee.

A 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward from Canada, Kasongo was the first signee made by coach Rick Barnes at Tennessee.

"I've been doing it long enough to know that sometimes it doesn't matter what we want," Barnes said. "There are always outside influences that you have to deal with. We're always evaluating..."

The departure opens up a scholarship for Tennessee, which was at the 13-scholarship limit after adding guard Jordan Bowden, the Knoxville native and former Carter High School star, as the sixth player in the 2016 signing class.

"There's no doubt we need to get bigger in the post, and we're looking that way," Barnes said. "We need Kyle (Alexander) to continue to develop, that's something we fully expect. We fully expect him to do that.

" …. We think we have to get some size if it's there. It doesn't necessarily have to be someone that's tall, even though you would like to get that. It's got to be someone that has a presence in there.

"We even think John Fulkerson with his length is going to help us, because he's really interchangeable," Barnes added. "There's different ways to go about it. But we would like to get some more length in there if we could."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 07, 2016, 10:42:33 am
Patrick Brown ‏@patrickbrownTFP 17h17 hours ago

Rick Barnes, as only he can, is hosting a cookout for the media at Tennessee's baseball game tonight.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 09, 2016, 08:43:40 pm
Josh Ward ‏@Josh_Ward 12h12 hours ago

Tulsa assistant coach Michael Schwartz will join Rick Barnes' staff at Tennessee, per @GrantRamey http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/vols-reportedly-targeting-tulsa-basketball-assistant-michael-schwartz--2ffe9f3a-9a11-0eef-e053-01000-375074241.html …

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Assistant coach Chris Ogden has yet to officially leave the Tennessee men's basketball program to join UNLV's coaching staff, but the Vols have already settled on his replacement.

A source with knowledge of the situation and search indicated to the News Sentinel on Friday that Tennessee coach Rick Barnes is set to hire Tulsa assistant coach Michael Schwartz to replace Ogden.

Schwartz, a Los Angeles, Calif., native, worked as a video coordinator for two seasons (2002-04) under Barnes at Texas. He played basketball at Texas in the 1998-99 season.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 12, 2016, 11:24:38 am
 @GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 16h16 hours ago

@GrantRamey Retweeted Mark Anderson

Update on Chris Ogden to UNLV.

Mark Anderson Verified account
‏@markanderson65

For those wondering why #UNLVmbb hasn't announced Mark Adams, Brian Burg and Chris Ogden as assistants, paperwork not finalized. #RJnow
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 19, 2016, 11:47:56 am
Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart finally touched on Tennessee basketball after one season with Rick Barnes as head coach. (http://knoxblogs.com/hoops-beat/2016/04/18/dave-hart-rick-barnes-tennessee-basketball)

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“First of all I feel very strongly about Rick and who he is as a person. I think he’s a wonderful fit. I think most of our fans would acknowledge that same sentiment. The guy can coach; he’s a tireless worker.

“And certainly we played with a bit of a short stick, particularly after Kevin Punter … went down with his injury. I thought our team, the one consistent element they showed — and the one element that kept our fans coming back — was that they were going to play extremely hard.

“We had some really good wins, some really surprising wins, and we had some disappointing losses where at the end of the game we didn’t finish the game, and those types of things.

“I think all in all, when you look at the reality of where we are — third coach in three years, transitional issues that existed — I think finally we have stability. It’s been a while to get to that point relative to basketball in particular. We had a lot of instability four to five years ago. I think now we have stability and I think Rick Barnes is the right person to take us forward.

“I’m very, very excited that Rick Barnes is our basketball coach.”
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 28, 2016, 01:42:23 pm
 Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 4h4 hours ago

New #Vols hoops assistant Michael Schwartz already seeing signs of Rick Barnes’ rebuild: http://bit.ly/1VWxcqE

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Michael Schwartz was plenty occupied last season at Tulsa, where he served as Frank Haith’s associate head coach and helped the Golden Hurricane reach the NCAA Tournament. Schwartz still found time to watch Tennessee. And why wouldn’t he? Two of his mentors and one of his closest friends were in their first season with the Vols.

Schwartz, who earlier this month was hired to replace the departed Chris Ogden at Tennessee, said he already knew a little bit about the Vols’ returning players when he arrived in Knoxville. And obviously the former walk-on for Coach Rick Barnes at Texas knew the system that Barnes and his assistants — including associate head coach Rob Lanier, also one of Schwartz’s mentors — were implementing.

Schwartz gave Barnes high praise for the way Tennessee exceeded expectations last season. The Vols didn’t earn a postseason bid, but they beat several ranked teams in Thompson-Boling Arena and stunned in-state rival Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament.

“I knew the situation that was inherited, and I think, as always, Coach Barnes overachieved with his team. That’s what he does,” Schwartz said. “And even when we’re gonna be at the top of his league, I think we’re gonna overachieve. And I think that’s what you have to do to be successful. I think that was exciting to see, last year.

“Watching them last year, I think it was great to see ‘em, how hard the team played — especially how they were planning at the end of the season and the SEC Tournament.”

Schwartz said his initial meetings and workouts with Tennessee’s roster — and it’s worth remembering that six scholarship players are scheduled to enroll this summer — have made him feel even better about what he described as a “dream” and “no-brainer” decision to reunite with his mentors in Knoxville.

“With the guys here, I’ve only had the chance to be around ‘em for about a week, but I will say this: I think the best thing about Coach Barnes is the way he develops players, and the mentality that he creates, the culture that he created in all the programs at Texas and here,” said Schwartz, a native on (sic) Beverly Hills, Calif.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on May 16, 2016, 09:19:17 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey May 12

Barnes mentions on radio that Lew Evans is his first grad transfer in his career. Said it was first time they went after one really hard

Rick Barnes needed both size and seniority while looking to add a graduate transfer to his roster.

He found both in Lew Evans, a forward from Utah State who was officially announced as a Vol Wednesday night (http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/mens-basketball/vols-value-lew-evans-experience-versatility-3297820f-1c94-782b-e053-0100007f5eae-379074221.html)

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"He also adds a level of toughness to our frontcourt, along with a versatile skill set. His makeup is exactly what we need with this team."

Evans, the seventh member of Tennessee's 2016 signing class, has one year of eligibility remaining after starting 16 times in 30 games last season at Utah State. He averaged 8.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 21.4 minutes per game.

A Salt Lake City, Utah, native, Evans went the junior college route, attending Casper (Wyo.) College, before transferring to Tulsa and later Utah State after a coaching change at each school.

Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on May 18, 2016, 09:24:58 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 15h15 hours ago Tennessee, USA

Rick Barnes on Butch Jones/football coaches: "If I had 30 seconds between plays, I'd always get it right."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on May 21, 2016, 07:15:17 pm
https://twitter.com/wesrucker247/status/733760085864919041

Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 May 20

I watched PG Lamonte Turner practice all season with the #Vols. He can play. Would have started this season if he were eligible.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on May 24, 2016, 08:50:53 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 16h16 hours ago Maryville, TN

Tennessee beat Kansas State 65-64 in the 2014 Big 12/SEC Challenge. Not sure why they'd play again two years later http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-baskbl/stats/2014-2015/ut1206.html …

Only two players left on roster (Robert Hubbs, Detrick Mostella) played against Kansas State two seasons ago.

Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on June 18, 2016, 10:04:01 am
https://twitter.com/wesrucker247/status/744028418124226561

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Detrick Mostella called his shot — all 20 field goals he ended up making — before Friday's Pilot Rocky Top League at Catholic High School.

On campus earlier in the day, the Tennessee junior guard told his men's basketball teammates what was coming. It was up to them to stop him.

"I told them in the locker room what I was going to do to them," Mostella said after scoring 55 points for the Rice Buick GMC team on Friday, the second night of the three-week summer league. "We've been playing around, bragging about it, laughing."

Mostella made 20 of his 32 shots, went 6-for-7 at the free-throw line and 9-for-16 from the 3-point line in a 125-120 loss to the Knoxville News Sentinel team, which included UT teammates Jordan Bowden and Kyle Alexander.

"This is Detrick's setting," UT sophomore Shembari Phillips said after scoring 22 alongside Mostella. "He loves stuff like this.

"If it was like this in college basketball, he'd score 40 a night. He's a natural scorer."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on June 20, 2016, 02:07:08 pm
https://twitter.com/GrantRamey/status/744307651060899840

Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on June 30, 2016, 08:45:07 am
https://twitter.com/wesrucker247/status/748325769361883136

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A pair of Tennessee players — sophomore forward Admiral Schofield and freshman guard Jordan Bone — led H3 to a 110-100 win over DeRoyal Industries on Wednesday night in the Rocky Top League championship game at Knoxville Catholic High School.

Bone led H3 with 29 points, with Schofield — who was named the league’s MVP — adding 25, and former Armstrong Atlantic State wing Trey Suttles added 19.

Tennessee redshirt freshman point guard Lamonte Turner — who joined Schofield on the All-RTL first team — scored a game-high 32 points for DeRoyal, while former Mississippi State guard Jalen Steele scored 27 and Tennessee freshman forward John Fulkerson added 15.

“A championship is up there for grabs. Might as well go grab it,” said Schofield, who last season was named by Tennessee’s athletic department as the school’s men’s rookie of the year. “Lamonte ain’t gonna be talking for a while now … at least until we start playing pickup again.”

Schofield laughed after the game while saying both teams in the title game agreed to “go hard” in the final few minutes, which tends to happen in the closing minutes of the title game in a summer league that’s otherwise high on offense and low on defensive play.

“It felt like a real game there at the end, actually,” Schofield said. “Both teams came together there at the end and said we were gonna play a little harder and give the crowd a show.”

Tennessee sophomore guard Detrick Mostella, who again led the league in scoring, joined Schofield and Turner on the All-RTL first team, and a pair of players from nearby Lincoln Memorial University (big man Emanuel Terry and guard Trevon Shaw) also made the team.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on August 09, 2016, 03:34:58 pm
https://twitter.com/GrantRamey/status/763044661598576640

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"The programs that do it with one-and-dones are very few and far between," Rob Lanier, entering his second year as an assistant coach on Rick Barnes' staff said. "So you're really talking about the minority there. Most of the teams that are really good, they have upperclassmen in their program. They have guys that have been in the program over a period of time.

"Our vision is to set that foundation. We'd like to get some one-and-done caliber players, but you have to have to have a successful program and have the credibility of that success to recruit to first. It's a process."

Tennessee signed four players from North Carolina — forwards Grant Williams, John Fulkerson and Jalen Johnson and guard Kwe Parker. In-state point guard Jordan Bone was the first in the class and former Carter High School standout Jordan Bowden finished it as a spring signing.

But the one-and-one environment at Kentucky, led by head coach John Calipari, is the exception to the rule in the SEC.

"There's one guy in particular in our league who keeps knocking it out of the box," Lanier said...
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2016, 10:01:38 am
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 21h21 hours ago

Vols’ Rick Barnes: When Texas hired a new AD that wasn’t the one hired me, that didn’t go so well. Hopefully it’ll be different here.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on October 26, 2016, 12:42:03 pm
https://twitter.com/GrantRamey/status/791246773629153280

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Rick Barnes showed up at Tennessee in March 2015 refusing to use the word rebuild.

The four seniors on the roster he inherited --- Kevin Punter, Armani Moore, Devon Baulkman and Derek Reese --- deserved better than having their seniors years molded by the term.

Punter, having never played point guard in his life, lacking the basic instincts the position demands, was Barnes’ best and only option to run the offense. Moore, at only 6-foot-4, was the best forward on roster. Still, Barnes wasn’t interested in discussing a rebuilding basketball program.

“We lost 19 games last year and I don’t think we would have if Kevin Punter hadn’t gotten hurt,” Barnes, speaking last week at SEC basketball media day in Nashville, said of his first Tennessee team, which finished 15-19 last season after a three-day run to the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament.

“When you take 22.5 points out of the lineup with two weeks to go in the season, it really hurt us because we had to remake ourselves.”

Now 10 days away from starting his second season with the Vols --- Tennessee hosts Slippery Rock in the Nov. 3 exhibition-opener at Thompson-Boling Arena --- Barnes still chooses to ignore the word everyone wants to use to describe the state of the program.

“We don’t talk about rebuilding or any of that and we haven’t done it with these guys,” Barnes said. “We just tell them that they have a challenge, we have a challenge, and we’re going to meet it head on.”

"These guys" require a lengthy introduction.

Senior Robert Hubbs and junior Detrick Mostella are the lone returning upperclassmen, joined by graduate-transfer forward Lew Evans, added by Barnes in the spring.

The 2016 signing class, making up just over 53 percent of the scholarship roster, includes six freshmen --- guards Jordan Bone, Kwe Parker and Jordan Bowden, and forwards Jalen Johnson, John Fulkerson and Grant Williams.

But being young and lacking experience won’t at anytime be used as a crutch during the 2016-17 season.

“We told them that after every game we will show them, if they execute the way we expect them, that we could’ve won every game,” Barnes said...
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on November 04, 2016, 10:17:15 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/794353601472843781

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Rick Barnes doesn’t have the men’s basketball team where he wants it, and the veteran coach doesn’t hold back in his assessments of the Vols.

“I didn’t think we started the game with the kind of aggressiveness we want to play with tonight,” Barnes said after Tennessee’s 83-48 exhibition game win over Division II Slippery Rock Thursday night in Thompson-Boling Arena.

“We’re still learning a lot about these guys,” said Barnes, who has nine newcomers on the team. “I’ve said for a long time there’s not a big gap between a lot of these guys.

“There was good things, but there’s a lot of work to be done.”

More observations from Barnes:

On shooting 35-percent from 3: “We weren’t great offensively, we turned down shots we need to take. I think we’ve got a group of guys that can shoot it. I took guys out tonight for not shooting the ball.”
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on November 10, 2016, 09:32:01 am
Wes Rucker
‏@wesrucker247

Imagine having a deep cut and being tossed into a shark tank. That’s essentially what it’s like to play point guard for Rick Barnes.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on November 13, 2016, 07:22:53 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/797277546962386944

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Chants of “U-T-C, U-T-C!” echoed in Thompson-Boling Arena Friday night as the final seconds ticked off a scoreboard reflecting Chattanooga’s 82-69 victory.

It marked the first time since 1991 that Tennessee’s men’s basketball team had lost a home opener, a streak of 25 straight wins in lid-lifters.

Most of the 14,483 fans announced in attendance had already left the arena, some slipping out with 10 1/2 minutes left and Tennessee down 10 points in its men’s basketball season opener.

“We’re going to be all right,” second-year Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. “I said coming in it would be tough; We were playing against a team in midseason form, they know what they are doing, they’ve played together a long time.”

Indeed, Chattanooga’s five senior starters had a combined 299 starts while the Vols’ opening lineup had just 74 between them.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on November 23, 2016, 07:35:17 am
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LAHAINA, Hawaii — Rick Barnes left the Lahaina Civic Center on Monday emphasizing his Tennessee basketball team's inability to execute and close games down the stretch.

The Vols had trailed No. 16 Wisconsin by as many as 17 points in the first half in the Maui Invitational's opening game. They rallied to take the lead in the second half, but ended up falling 74-62 after the Badgers made their run.

Barnes will have similar talking points after Tennessee fell to No. 12 Oregon 69-65 in overtime Tuesday in the tournament's consolation bracket.

The Vols led by as many as eight points late in the first half, before Oregon answered with a dominating 22-3 run over a stretch of six minutes to regain control in the second half. Tennessee trailed by seven with just over five minutes left before rallying again to force the extra session, but couldn't close.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on December 12, 2016, 07:41:01 am
https://twitter.com/wesrucker247/status/808184932271091712


 @GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 13h13 hours ago

Roy Williams: "Why did Kennedy Meeks shoot that shot? My grandkids are 6 and 5 and I guaran-dadgum-tee you they wouldn't take that shot."
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on December 19, 2016, 07:59:00 am
https://twitter.com/GrantRamey/status/810840905959796737

The new king of morale victory also knows the power of moral victory:

https://twitter.com/GrantRamey/status/744307651060899840
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on December 30, 2016, 12:31:12 pm
 Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 17h17 hours ago

FINAL IN COLLEGE STATION: Tennessee 73, Texas A&M 63. #Vols open SEC play with a big win on the road.


Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman 16h16 hours ago

Rick Barnes: I love the state of Texas, always have. And I’ve always had so much respect for this university & the people here (at A&M).

Rick Barnes commented he's surprised how much College Station and A&M campus has grown in last few years. He's not alone in that sentiment.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 07, 2017, 05:11:49 pm
https://twitter.com/GrantRamey/status/817870996300505088
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 08, 2017, 10:25:51 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/818087952102420480

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Vols (8-7, 1-2 SEC) had no answer for the Gators in the second half, as Florida (12-3, 3-0 SEC) shot 67.8 percent from the field — including 7-of-8 from 3-point range.

“We just broke down in the second half,” Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes said.

“We just didn’t defend well enough. All you’ve got to do is look. They shot 70 percent.”

* Barnes said Florida showed their “maturity” in the second half. Proved to be the difference.

* Tennessee’s coach lamented the team’s 19 turnovers. “You’re not going to win games on the road turning the ball over 19 times.”

* “We’ll learn from it.”

* Noting the quiet nights by Robert Hubbs III (8 points on 4-for-11 shooting) and Grant Williams (6 points, 1 rebound and 5 fouls), Barnes said, “We had too many guys today that we need to count on that didn’t give us what we needed.”

* On Admiral Schofield’s season-high 18 points and 10 rebounds: “I thought he played his best game as a Tennessee Volunteer. … He played hard. We was terrific.”

* “The second half they took care of the ball and we didn’t.”

* On defensive woes after halftime: “We were a step late on everything. We didn’t tag like we needed too. We just weren’t as good. In the first half, I thought both teams punched and punched back. They threw the final punch and we didn’t have an answer.”

* Circling back to 19 turnovers, “It’s hard for me to talk about anything else.”

* “They have depth. We did. Our depth wasn’t very good today.”

* “It’s early in the SEC. … (Florida) is a much different team than they were a year ago. You can tell it in the chemistry.”

* “I just didn’t think Grant was very good. He got one rebound. That’s a problem. … Three games in the SEC, he’s going to realize it gets tougher. It’s not going to get easier.”

* “It’s the turnovers … It’s just ridiculous.”

* “Nobody is going to feel sorry for us. Nobody is going to care if we’re young or being close. We’re going to have to do it ourselves. … We’ll learn from it. I like our team a lot.”
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 08, 2017, 01:16:27 pm
https://twitter.com/wesrucker247/status/818116849678381056

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As much as Rick Barnes loves to compete and demands that his players compete, Tennessee’s basketball coach knows when to call it quits for the day. And trailing by 11 points with less than 11 seconds on the clock is one of those times.

That was the situation Saturday night in Exactech Arena. Florida had beaten Tennessee, and Barnes saw no reason to make it look worse than it was, so the Vols were told to stop fouling the 24th-ranked Gators.

Mere moments after Barnes had gotten the words out of his mouth, though, redshirt freshman point guard Lamonte Turner intentionally fouled Canyon Barry — which sounds like a Gatorade flavor but actually is a Gators basketball player — with 10.6 seconds on the clock.

Barnes promptly made one of his funny-to-everyone-but-him gestures — the one where he turns around to the bench to find someone who can substitute into the game in place of the player he’s about to light up like a holiday tree.

That player was freshman point guard Jordan Bone, who exactly 2.5 seconds later did the exact same thing to the exact same player. He fouled Barry.

Barnes momentarily looked more confused than angry. But then he got really angry, and he turned around to see which player to send into the game so he could yell at Bone.

That player was … Turner.

No, really. It was Turner.

Being around young people often breathes life into older people, but these Vols are so young they might make the 62-year-old Barnes actually start looking like a 62-year-old at some point —
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 22, 2017, 06:41:43 pm
https://twitter.com/wesrucker247/status/823312609311072258

https://twitter.com/UKCoachCalipari/status/823312438183546882
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 23, 2017, 01:20:43 pm
 Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 2h2 hours ago

Rick Barnes: Coaching Kevin Durant was a once-in-a-lifetime deal, but coaching a kid who think he’s a one-and-done but isn’t is hard.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 25, 2017, 10:38:02 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/824228409391902720
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on January 29, 2017, 07:08:38 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/825681681021542401

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Rick Barnes isn’t ready to start talking about his team making the NCAA tournament, but Tennessee’s second-year head coach sure isn’t counting out the Vols.

“I don’t know, all I know is these guys have played one of the toughest schedules in the country, and it’s a separation month,” said Barnes, who is two  years removed from leading Texas to the NCAA tourney his final season in Austin.

“You can talk about bubble teams or talk about NCAA teams, but right now people can go ahead and pencil in teams, there’s a few, but there aren’t a lot,” he said. “There’s probably 150 teams or so in a position to make a push to get themselves into postseason play.”

Tennessee (12-9) won its third consecutive game on Saturday, following up on its upset win over Kentucky on Tuesday with a dominant 70-58 victory against Kansas State (15-6).

The Big 12 Wildcats were projected in the NCAA tourney field entering into the weekend with an RPI rating of 44, compared with the Vols’ rating of 47.

Obviously, the ratings will be scrambled...

Vols haven’t been to the NCAA tournament since 2014, when Cuonzo Martin was leading the program [to a Bittersweet Sixteen].
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 10, 2017, 07:24:50 am
 Papi‏ @dream_oriented 11h11 hours ago

@patrickbrownTFP record is 16-16 but the win over Chaminade doesn't count because it's a Div. II school. so record is really 15-16. No NIT.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on March 12, 2017, 11:16:00 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/840922978011500545

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Rick Barnes prodded, pushed and pulled a young and undersized Tennessee team along this season, finishing with a 16-16 mark.

“We knew there were no expectations, but then we created expectations, and we didn’t finish like we needed to,” Barnes said after the Vols bowed out of the SEC Tournament as a 59-57 second-round loser to Georgia.

Tennessee had a final shot to win, but Admiral Schofield’s 3-point attempt fell short, and Grant Williams’ putback attempt was blocked as time expired.
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on April 05, 2017, 12:58:26 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/849641583431606272
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on July 05, 2017, 08:02:45 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/882557322295484416

Butt is fully recovered
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on July 19, 2017, 09:23:15 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/887646505749946368
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on July 20, 2017, 06:13:49 pm
https://twitter.com/GrantRamey/status/887783242971176961
Title: Re: Rick Barnes to Tennessee
Post by: jbcarol on October 05, 2017, 09:36:40 pm
 AP Top 25‏Verified account @AP_Top25 1h1 hour ago

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes believes depth will help the Vols avoid a February fade @stevemegargee http://apne.ws/tA8gnC4