Auburn lost to South Carolina 74-56 tonight in the South Eastern Conference Tournament to end another losing season in the SEC. A short time later AD Jay Jacobs announced that Head Coach Tony Barbee would not be returning for a fifth year.
Barbee was 49-75 overall and 18-51 in his four years in the SEC. It was the second-worst conference winning percentage (26.5 percent) in Auburn program history. The last time the Tigers were that bad was in the 1946-47 season.
Jacobs said that while he was grateful for what Barbee had tried to build on The Plains, it was just time to move on.
“We made an incredible investment in basketball, and certainly appreciate those players, particularly the seniors, who kept fighting.” (But) “I believe we should compete for championships in men’s basketball. It’s time for somebody else to have a turn. We need to find somebody to come in here and take what we have here now and put some more in and compete for SEC titles.”
Jacobs said the search for a new coach would begin immediately.
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