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Barnes Named Big 12 Coach Of The Year

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Texas coach Rick Barnes criticized his
players publicly, only to back off later. He chastised himself for
"coaching mad" during a midseason lull.

He benched scholarship players and gave away valuable court time
to a walk-on to prove a point.

Barnes hit all the right buttons this season. He pushed and
pulled the No. 6 Longhorns to a school-record 26 regular-season
victories and a share of their second Big 12 title in three years.

For all that -- even without Kevin Durant -- Barnes was named The
Associated Press Big 12 coach of the year for the second year in a
row and third time overall today.

In balloting of media members who cover the Big 12 on a regular
basis, Barnes garnered 14 votes and Baylor's Scott Drew received
five.


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