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Rick Barnes: Vols basketball coach one of nation's highest-paid with contract extension

Rick Barnes: Vols basketball coach one of nation's highest-paid with contract extension
Published On: Thu, Sep 06
Nov 25, 2014; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Rick Barnes reacts against the St. Francis Red Flash during the first half at the Frank Erwin Special Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee basketballA coach Rick Barnes' best season in Knoxville helped earn him a few more years with the Vols, while makingA him one of the nation's highest-paid coaches.

UT announced Thursday the reigning SEC coach of the year agreed to an extension through the 2023-24 season that makes him theA second-highest paid coach in the SEC and the tenth-highest paid coach nationally.

"Rick has done an exceptional job of reestablishing our men's basketball program into a championship-level program," UT athletic director Phillip Fulmer said in a statement. "He stepped into what was a difficult situation as our program was struggling to find stability, and he's very quickly instilled a winning culture during a time when Southeastern Conference basketball is becoming increasingly competitive.

"He runs his program the right way, surrounds himself with an incredible staff and he loves his players and pours himself into their development both on and off the court."

The 64-year-old BarnesA was named SEC basketball coach of the year last season after the Vols won 26 games and clinched a share of the regular-season conference title. HeA has a 57-44 mark overall and a 27-27 SEC record in three years at Tennessee.A 

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