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Gonzaga’s Mark Few reaching Final Four popular among coaching colleagues

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said Gonzaga coach Mark Few reaching his first Final Four has been popular in the coaching fraternity. Few has heard from numerous colleagues, including longtime friends and Final Four veterans Billy Donovan and Brad Stevens, both currently coaching in the NBA.

Barnes bids farewell to Texas basketball program

An emotional Rick Barnes fought back tears in saying goodbye to Texas after 17 years Sunday, insisting he’s grateful for his time with Longhorns and isn’t bitter about being fired. “The wins and losses are fleeting, but it’s the relationships that matter,” Barnes said at a 40-minute farewell news conference. “We know as a coach, this whole thing is about players. We’ve been blessed as a staff here to have so many players who have affected our lives.” But Barnes also revealed that he had been told by athletic director Steve Patterson that he would be back for another season after Texas lost to Butler in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. “Some things changed,” Barnes said. Barnes confirmed Patterson told him a few days ago he had to fire staff or be fired himself. – AP

AP sources: Texas fires coach Barnes after 17 years

Texas has fired men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes after 17 seasons, people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. Texas athletic director Steve Patterson made the decision after meeting with Barnes on Saturday. The school was expected to make a formal announcement today. Barnes won three Big 12 titles and his teams made it to the NCAA tournament 16 times. Texas made the Final Four in 2003. But Barnes faced increasing criticism from fans after several years of early exits from the tournament, including a first-round loss to Butler this year. Barnes won 402 games at Texas. – Associated Press