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Texas Seeking Basketball Coach To Spark Interest In Program

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 29 / 15

Univ. of Texas men's AD Steve Patterson  is tasked with making another key hire in the wake of the school's announcement that men's basketball coach Rick Barnes  "will not return after 17 seasons." Barnes, who made $2.55M this past season, "has a buyout" of $1.75M that "would have d...

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