Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tony Barbee Named Auburn Basketball Coach

Tony Barbee born August 10, 1971 is an American college basketball coach and the head coach of the men's basketball program at Auburn University. Barbee was the first black head coach in UTEP history. On March 24, 2010 Coach Barbee was named the new head coach at Auburn University, becoming Auburn's first black head coach in a major sport.

Tony Barbee

Tony Barbee has accepted Auburn's head coaching job, the school confirmed on Wednesday. Barbee, 38, will be formally introduced as Auburn's 20th head coach at 6 p.m. ET Thursday in the $92 million Auburn Arena, the first event held in the Tigers' new home. "We are thrilled to welcome Tony Barbee into the Auburn Family," director of athletics Jay Jacobs said in a school statement. "Coach Barbee has a vision of competing for championships at Auburn, and the passion to get us there. He is a phenomenal coach, an outstanding recruiter and a fierce competitor."

Auburn hired Barbee as its head basketball coach Wednesday night. The 38-year-old Barbee has spent the last four years at the University of Texas-El Paso, where he’s gone 82-52 and was the 2010 Conference USA Coach of the Year.
Tony Barbee

“We have challenges in front of us, but we also have great opportunities with everything Auburn has to offer — a great university, outstanding community, tremendous fan support, and a terrific new arena and practice facility,” Barbee said in a press release. “The time is now to take Auburn basketball to new heights.”

Rick Stansbury is solid at Mississippi State and Andy Kennedy is steadily improving the Ole Miss program. The only truly weak link at this point appears to be John Pelphrey at Arkansas. We’re sure that Barbee will be paid handsomely in his new position at Auburn, but we’re just not sure how successful he can be there.

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