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Tennessee hires ex-Texas coach Barnes

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) When he gave his farewell press conference after an unwanted exit from Texas, Rick Barnes predicted he'd be coaching again "quicker than you probably think."

It turns out Barnes already had a pretty good idea where he'd end up.

Barnes had begun talking to Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart about the Volunteers' coaching vacancy Saturday, the day before his departure from Texas was announced. His move from one shade of orange to another became official Tuesday when Barnes was introduced as Tennessee's new men's basketball coach.

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