Texas, Rick Barnes mutually agree to part ways after 17 seasons

Rick Barnes has run out of time to turn things around at Texas. 

The 17-year head coach of the Longhorns basketball program has mutually agreed to part ways with Texas. 

Barnes released the following statement on Sunday:

Barnes is the winningest coach in Texas history with a 402-180 record, and took the Longhorns to the 2003 Final Four. He won three regular season Big 12 championships and was named the conference’s coach of the year four times, including last season.

T.J. Ford led Texas on that run to the Final Four as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. He continued to have a close relationship with Barnes thoughout his professional career. 

Barnes annually brought some of the nation’s top high school talent to Austin, including current NBA stars Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge, but Texas still found it hard to compete with Big 12 powerhouse rival Kansas for an outright conference title.

"The university owes Rick a great deal of gratitude and respect for what he’s done to put Texas on the basketball map," Texas athletic director Steve Patterson said in a released statement. "He elevated our program immensely and always did it with class."

The Longhorns entered the 2014-15 season with high expectations as a top 10 nationally-ranked team, but they finished 20-14 overall with a 8-10 record in Big 12 play. 

Texas capped its disappointing year with a 56-48 loss to Butler in the second round of the NCAA tournament. 

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