Sources: UTEP’s Barbee to coach Auburn

UTEP coach Tony Barbee has taken the Auburn job.

According to multiple sources, Barbee has agreed to replace

Jeff Lebo at Auburn.

The Tigers gave the former UTEP coach a six-year contract

worth $1.5 million annually.

Barbee was 82-52 in his four-year tenure with the Miners and

he led the team to a 26-7 overall mark and a 15-1 record in

Conference USA this season.

Barbee, on paper, was expected to return nearly his entire

team – which lost to Butler in the first round of the NCA

tournament. However, sources told that Derrick

Caracter will likely leave for the NBA.

Barbee takes over a Auburn team that failed to get to the

NCAA tournament in each of Lebo’s six seasons at the helm.

Barbee played and worked for Kentucky coach John Calipari. He

says the Tigers will “go right after” his mentor’s program.

The Associated Press contributed to this report