Jan 30, 2014; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Tony Barbee reacts to a call during the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Former Auburn Head Coach Tony Barbee Officially Joins Kentucky Basketball Staff


According to a release from UKathletics.com, former Auburn head basketball coach Tony Barbee has been officially added to the staff at the University of Kentucky. He will have the title of Special Assistant to the Head Coach, which is an administrative role in basketball operations.

Barbee was the head coach of the Tigers from the 2010-11 season until his firing in March of 2014. During his tenure at Auburn, Barbee compiled a 49-75 record, and the team was just 18-50 against conference foes. That included a horrid stretch of 15 straight losses in SEC play during the 2012-13 campaign before going 14-16 overall and 6-12 in the conference last season.

The addition of Barbee at Kentucky is hardly a surprise, as he has strong ties to Wildcat head coach John Calipari. Barbee played for Calipari at UMass and joined the coaching staff there in 1995. The two also worked together at Memphis from 2000-2006 before Barbee became the head coach at UTEP.

At Auburn, Barbee has been replaced by Bruce Pearl, who has amassed a career 462-145 record across 19 seasons as a head coach at Southern Indiana, Milwaukee and Tennessee. In his first season at Auburn, Pearl will attempt to lead the Tigers to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 11 seasons.


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