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Auburn Dismisses Basketball CoachTony Barbee

By on March 12th, 2014 in Basketball, News 16 Comments »

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.


  1. mikeautiger says:

    That was quick.

  2. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    He has been walking dead for past 2 years. JJ haz once again struck out. To his credit he is trying to fix the AUBTITANIC. Won’t be fixed with a flashy name… at least it didn’t work last time.

    Advice to Barbee: never throw the players under the bus. Better leadership example available.


  3. restless6 says:

    Pearl. Pearl. Pearl.

  4. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:


    Free at last!!!

  5. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    Step 1 – Accomplished.

    Step 2 – JJ needs to give the next BBall coach the freedom to sign his own endorsement contracts. Under Armour has zero clout in the basketball world. Nike or Adidas are THE big boys.

    Step 3 – Form a search committee similar to the football coach search committee.

  6. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    I hear Nick Saban might be looking for a job soon?

    Who knows… maybe he knows something about basketball?


    • mvhcpa says:

      Don’t ya’ know, Saban will start a campaign to have a jump at center court after every basket–“Let’s ask ourselves, is basketball supposed to be a continuous sport?” 🙂 MVH

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      Here’s a job lead for Nicky. Three words.

      Mexico, midget rasslin’.

      Big time entertainment south ‘o the border. Always looking for the next star.

  7. samwatkins says:

    What about Quin Snyder? He has Duke, SEC (now, anyways) and NBA connections. The meltdown at Mizzou didn’t have anything to do with coaching ability.

  8. audude audude says:

    Quin Snyder could be a very impressive move indeed….if he would want to get back into the college ranks. It could be the match we need.

  9. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    Well, Bob Huggins might be avails as the mountaineers have decided that they’re going to try to win the game without actually getting the round ball through that hoop thing.

    Outside of this year’s performance, I love me some HuggyBear. He might have the cajones to pull auburn from the dumpster fire that is our bball program.

  10. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..My reservation on Huggins is watching that man go ballistic on the sideline for more than two decades. Is he going to be any better than Barbee, browbeating his players? I’m not sold.

    …..I think Chuck Person should at least be interviewed. He’s an intelligent, personable Auburn hero. I’m sure he’ll have a better record than Barbee!

    • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

      I see your points. I have just seen more results from Huggy’s tactics than Barbee’s. The thing is I actually think that Barbee is a pretty good coach. I just think he underestimated how hard it was going to be at Auburn….

      I just keep think that ANYONE might be better than Barbee, which I’m pretty sure that kind of stinkin’ thinkin’ got us into this mess to begin with. (Oh, Cliff Ellis you never were appropriately appreciated).

  11. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Barbee was inflexible, though, and not really a reactive coach. I watched some of the South Carolina loss. The USC defensive plan to stop Chris Denson was to simply have five guys stand there like trees in the paint. Barbee still had guys trying to drive the lane and put up awkward shots through Carolina arms. Or they’d pass it round and round and round till the shot clock was running out, and heave up some off-balance junk. The way you beat a collapsed zone is to create set shots from the 3 point line and make ’em pay for that.