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BREAKING: Texas AD Steve Patterson will land in Richmond after 4 p.m.

A high-level Texas source confirmed that Texas athletic director Steve Patterson is currently en route to Richmond, Va., on a Learjet owned by a friend of UT President Bill Powers. The American-Statesman reported Wednesday that Patterson was scheduled to fly to Richmond and meet with Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart … Read More

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Texas cancels men’s basketball banquet scheduled for April 14

Longhorn Foundation members are being notified that the Texas men’s basketball banquet scheduled for April 14 has been canceled. A Foundation representative told the Statesman that former coach Rick Barnes has asked to hold a private event with current team members and their families at a future time. Barnes … Read More

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Rick Barnes roundup: What you might have missed

On Tuesday morning, the University of Tennessee announced that it had hired Rick Barnes as its men’s basketball coach just two days after Barnes’ departure from Texas. Here’s a look at all the Rick Barnes news and commentary you may have missed over the past few days. Thursday A … Read More

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Texas AD Steve Patterson releases open letter on men’s basketball

Texas athletic Steve Patterson has released an open letter to men’s basketball season ticket holders. The letter is listed below in its entirety: First, I wanted to take the time to thank you for your continued support of Texas Athletics and particularly our men’s basketball team by corresponding directly to … Read More

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Rick Barnes: ‘Thankful God has blessed me in so many ways’

Struggling to hold back his emotions, Rick Barnes said he loved Jesus, blessed to have so many friendships and thoroughly enjoyed his 17 years as the men’s basketball coach at the University of Texas. “I just want you to know that I’m really, really thankful that God has blessed me … Read More

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Texas makes it official: Steve Patterson, Rick Barnes ‘mutually agree’ to part ways

The University of Texas made an official announcement Sunday morning that Men’s Athletic Director Steve Patterson and men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes have “mutually agreed” to part ways. The American-Statesman reported Saturday that Barnes was notified he was being fired. A news conference is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Read More

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Live coverage: Rick Barnes press conference

Men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes is holding a press conference at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, a day after it was reported that UT officials had decided to fire him. Shaka, Shocker or someone else? Who replaces Rick Barnes? Photos: Rick Barnes’ potential replacements Photos: … Read More

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Shaka, Shocker or someone else? Who replaces Rick Barnes?

Staff writer Brian Davis’ seven potential candidates Texas may pursue to replace Rick Barnes, listed in order of probability that the Longhorns could get: Shaka Smart, Virginia Commonwealth Record: 163-56 (6 years). Age: 37 Pros: Jumped onto the national radar by leading VCU to the 2011 Final Four. VCU was ranked as high as … Read More

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Source: Texas officials will release men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes

Texas officials have decided to release men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes, the winningest coach in school history, a source told the American-Statesman on Saturday. The high-level source, who is familiar with the situation, said school officials reached their final decision Saturday and plan on making an announcement either Sunday or Monday. It’s … Read More

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Follow Live: Texas vs. Butler in the NCAA Tournament

Kirk Bohls and Brian Davis are live tweeting from Texas’ first game of the NCAA Tournament. In other Big 12 action this afternoon, UAB upset Iowa State, 60-59, which busted the American-Statesman’s Cedric Golden’s bracket (and probably a few others). Several people took to Twitter with their reactions from the game, … Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Feb. 28, 2007): The making of Kevin Durant

SUITLAND, Md. — Basketball waited for Kevin Durant on the far side of a football field. When her youngest son was 7, Wanda Pratt enrolled him in the Boys & Girls Club in Capital Heights, Md., across the Anacostia River from Washington D.C. The fee she paid entitled Durant to … Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Big question: T.J., how do you do it?

When will the questions end? When will all of the answers be given, and when will everything be known? T.J. Ford, who turned 20 two weeks ago, might have been the most interrogated teen-age basketball player this year in any state not spelled O-H-I-O. Read More

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: BOHLS: Trip to Final Four is major milestone for UT

SAN ANTONIO — Just before heading down the highway for the South Regional, Rick Barnes wistfully shared some of his recent mail with the Texas players. He wanted to ensure that they had an appreciation of what was at stake and what had gone on before. In this case, long … Read More