Rick Barnes was one of the head coaches who spurned UCLA before the Bruins settled on Mick Cronin. By the sound of it, it doesn't seem like Barnes is too happy he's still at Tennessee.
Speaking with the media today, Barnes confirmed there were financial issues regarding UCLA's pursuit of him. Specifically, his buyout was too expensive for the Bruins.
However, in one brutally honest quote, Barnes basically confirms he wanted out of Knoxville, and would be with the Bruins if the money had made sense.
Ummmm, yikes. That is NOT the type of quote Tennessee fans want to hear. You do have to appreciate Barnes' candidness though.
He seemed to make up for it though with subsequent comments about his love for the state of Tennessee, the school and its fans.
Barnes, who turns 65 this summer, is coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances with the Vols. He took UT to the Sweet 16 this season, the program's first appearance in the tournament's second weekend since 2014.
Barnes owns a career record of 692-364 at Tennessee, Texas, Clemson, Providence and George Mason.