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Rick Barnes 'energized' to be Tennessee's new head basketball coach

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3.31.15 Rick Barnes
Hayley Pennesi • The Daily Beacon

Newly named Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes speaks at his introductory press conference inside Pratt Pavilion on March 31.

Two days after being fired from his position as the head coach at Texas, and four days after former Tennessee head coach Donnie Tyndall was terminated amidst a NCAA investigation, Rick Barnes was once again behind a podium.

This time, however, there were no watery eyes, just smiles and excitement as Barnes was introduced as the 20th head basketball coach in Tennessee history inside Pratt Pavilion on Tuesday.

“As I came on campus for the first time today and started walking through here and seeing everything, it was so easy for me to get energized and to step back and ...

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