1998-2015  Coach Rick Barnes Many more highs then lows

The History of Longhorn Basketball from Wikipedia:

The University of Texas began varsity intercollegiate competition in men's basketball in 1906.[2] The Longhorns rank 17th in total victories among all NCAA Division I college basketball programs and 25th in all-time win percentage among programs with at least 50 years in Division I, with an all-time win-loss record of 1749–1051 (.625).[3] Among Big 12 Conference men's basketball programs, Texas is second only to Kansas in both all-time wins and all-time win percentage.[3]

The Longhorns have won 27 total conference championships in men's basketball and have made 33 total appearances in the NCAA Tournament (11th-most appearances all time, with a 35–36 overall record),[4] reaching the NCAA Final Four three times (1943, 1947, 2003) and the NCAA Regional Finals (Elite Eight) seven times.[5][6] As of April 2015, Texas ranks fourth among all Division I men's basketball programs for total NCAA Tournament games won without having won the national championship (35), trailing only Notre Dame (37), Illinois (40), and Oklahoma (41).[4][7]


One losing seasons in 17 years at Texas.

One time reaching the highest national ranking during the 2010 season.

Two National players of the year produced by Barnes — T.J. Ford in 2003, Kevin Durant in 2007.

Three Big 12 championships won (1999, 2006, 2008).

Four times Barnes was named Big 12 coach of the year.

5th - 7th was the Texas’ average NCAA Tournament seeding in the Barnes era.

Six NBA lottery picks from Texas during the Barnes era — Chris Mimh, Ford, LaMarcus Aldridge, Durant, D.J. Augustin and Tristan Thompson.

Eight All-Americans at Texas in the Barnes era.

Nine - Barnes became one of nine active coaches who had more than 400 wins at their schools.

Thirteen consecutive 20-win seasons (2000-12).

Sixteen Texas players drafted by the NBA in the Barnes era.

Sixteen NCAA Tournaments bids in 17 years.

19-16 is Barnes NCAA Tournament record.

178-84 is Barnes’ Big 12 record at Texas.

193 is the number of Total weeks Texas was ranked in the AP Top 25, including 92 weeks in the Top 10.

402-180 is Barnes’ overall record at Texas.

604-314 is Barnes career coaching record in 28 years. That’s a career winning percentage of .658.


                If the facts above are not enough then consider these additions.                    

  • 17 Of 17 Years Texas Went To The NCAA Tournament

  • Three Times To The  Elite 8

  • Five Times To The Sweet 16 

  • School Record  13 Consecutive 20 Game Winners

  • Most Wins Ever At Texas In One Season (31)

  • Five Time District 9 Coach Of The Year

  • Four Time District 7 Coach Of The Year

  • 2009 John Wooden Legends Of Coaching Award Recipient.


Coach Barnes basketball philosophy is more flexible than Penders. Barnes ability to adapt to each game is his formula for success. He focus's his team on a strong defense then either Runs or slows down the  offense depending on the circumstance. 

1998- 19-13 record Rick Barnes - Big 12 conference champs

The program is in disarray after Penders.  Coach Barnes only has 7 scholarship players on the 1998 team but wins the regular season Big 12 Conference and a 7th seed in the NCAA tournament. 

Mihm’s and Muoneke decide to ride out the storm after Penders leaves.

Chris Mihm's HOH

In an article in Sports Illustrated All-Big 12 forward Gabe Muoneke says about Mihm staying with the the Longhorn for the 1998 season. "Chris made a very courageous decision to brave the storm," If Mihm had left, Muoneke says he would have followed, and Rick Barnes might never have accepted the Longhorns coaching job”.

Barnes says that Mihms “ can be one of the greatest ever to play this game." NBA scouts agreed. Chris is “ a great mix of old school fundamentals and '90s flair."


Chris Mihm 2000 All American center and two time first team Big 12.

1999- 24-9 record rick barnes pending more info.


2000 - 25-9 record rick barnes 


Royal Ivey - Most Starts (126)

2001 - 22-12 record Rick Barnes pending

Team reaches the Sweet 16.

2002- 26-7 Record Under Coach Barnes Final 4

Horns reach's The Final 4 For The 3rd time In Longhorn basketball history. First was Bully Gilstrap’s team in 1942 and then Jack Gray’s team in 1946.

This basketball team ties the school record for most wins @ 26.  

T. J. Ford  Receives The Naismith College Player Of The Year; John R. Wooden Award; Sporting News Men's College Basketball Player Of The Year; CBS/Chevrolet National Player Of The Year; SI.Com National Player Of The Year; And Espn.Com Player Of The Year.

February 9, 2002 the Longhorn basketball wins their 1500 game in the history of the program.

The Longhorns are ranked by ESPN and AP during the year as Number 2.  It is the highest ranking ever for Longhorn basketball and the first time the Longhorns receive a Number one seed. 

The Longhorns are relatively small but 6'8" sophomore center James
Thomas had some good number after Owen’s injury the year before. . Though only a sophomore, "He really filled the void for us, and he's just scratched the surface of his talent," says Texas coach Rick Barnes. Height is also on the way from freshman 6'8" forward Brad Buckman.

 Brandon Mouton is the leading scorer in three of their five 
tournament games with 25 points against in a loss to Syracuse in the Final Four semis.

2003- 25-8 Record Coach Barnes pending

The Seniors On This Team Win The Most Games In School History (98)

Team makes sweet 16 but loses to xavier.

Barnes says Mouton “might have improved as much as any player that 
I've ever coached, and he has become an iron man."

Brandon can never replace T.J. Ford but Royal Ivey will take some pressure off of him. The Horns have a deep and talented frontcourt and will be one of the best in the nation.
"Getting to the Final Four was a great experience, but we're not 
satisfied with that," says Mouton. "It gave us a taste of what 
could be." Now all they need is for someone to make them 
mad. --K.A.


2004- 20-11 Record Under Coach Barnes pending

Coach Barnes makes some changes in the lineup in 2004 by move P.J. Tucker from power forward to wingman.

Barnes signs three McDonald's All Americans LaMarcus Aldridge, Daniel Gibson and Mike Williams. Many thought this was the best recruiting class in the country in 2004.

Freshman Daniel Gibson leads the Longhorns in scoring , assists , and steals Gibson is no Ford look alike . Gibson has his own style as a play maker, gunner, and long range threat .

Two starters are lost after the team was off to a great start with a 14-3 record. Freshman forward LaMarcus Aldridge suffered a hip injury, and sophomore swingman P.J. Tucker was declared academically ineligible.


This Team Sets The Texas Record For Most Rebounds (1498); 



2005-  30-7 Record Under Coach Barnes


   It is The 100th Year Of Basketball At Texas.

Aldridge returns and Tucker regains eligibility and these horns record the first 30 game win season in the history of Longhorn basketball and make the Elite 8.

Longhorns Have First 30 Game Win Season And The Seniors On This Team replace The 2004 Team As The Winningest Team In School History (101).


2006 25-10 Under Coach Barnes pending

Kevin Durant is the first freshman ever to win a National Player of the year award.  He wins all 10 of the awards presented in 2007. He receives the  Naismith College Player of the Year; John R. wooden Award; USBWA Oscar Robertson Trophy; Adolph Rupp Trophy; Associate Press College Basketball Player of the Year, NABC Play of the Year, Sporting News Men's College Basketball Player of the Year; CBS/Chevrolet National Player of the Year; SI.Com National Player of the Year; and Espn.com Player of the Year. He is also selected to the Olympic team in 2012.



Ed Reese (the Texas swimming coach)  gives Barnes some coaching advise that improves Barnes coaching style. 


2007-31-7 Record Under Coach Barnes pending

2008-31-7 Record Under Coach Barnes pending













2008- 23-12 Record Under Coach Barnes pending

This Is The Only Season In The History Of Texas Basketball That Texas Is  Number 1 In A Weekly National Poll. 

2009 24-10 Record Under Coach Barnes




2010  28-7 Record Under Coach Barnes pending




2011 20-14 Record Under Coach Barnes pending

2012  16-18 Record Under Coach Barnes pending

First Round



2013 24-11 Record Under Coach Barnes pending



2014 20-14 Record Under Coach Barnes pending

Texas wins against ranked Kansas State on a three pointer by Jonathan Holmes with no time left to start .  Texas wins the next three games against ranked appoints but disappoints in the NCAA tournament. 

Reflection still pending 

Kirk Bohls said it best. He supported the the release of Rick Barnes - the coach , but he wanted to celebrate Rick Barnes -the man. Kirk said “ I genuinely and deeply like and respect Barnes, who is as genuine as any person I’ve ever dealt with professionally. “ Most UT decision makers agreed that it was time to change direction with Longhorn basketball. Barnes teams were playing poorly in the Big 12 portion of the schedule and the team barely made the NCAA tournament his last year and UT was beaten 56-48 opening-game loss to Butler that kept Texas out of the Sweet 16 for the seventh March in a row. Kirk looks at Barnes accomplishment thru the prism of history giving credit to Tom Penders for making basketball relevant in Austin, but to Barnes for keeping UT basketball “relevant and stable and nationally prominent for a glorious decade, even with only one Final Four”. Barnes took Texas to the highest and most elite levels since the days of Coach Jack Gray’s final 4 team in 1946.

The  research on the history of Longhorn Sports ends in 2014.  Information will be added at a future date.

Texas athletic Steve Patterson has releases an open letter to men’s basketball season ticket holders. The letter is listed below in its entirety:

First, I wanted to take the time to thank you for your continued support of Texas Athletics and particularly our men’s basketball team by corresponding directly to you.

Over the weekend we made the decision to make a change in the leadership of our men’s basketball program. These types of decisions are never pleasant, but I felt it was necessary to ensure that our men’s basketball team and our student-athletes can have the greatest chance to succeed.

Secondly, as I said in our announcement Sunday, the University owes Rick Barnes a great deal of gratitude and respect for all he’s done to put Texas on the basketball map. This decision was not easy because of the heights that Coach Barnes took our program and the way that he did it – with integrity, respect and focus on developing the all-around student-athlete. We thank Rick for his many years of service to Texas and wish him continued success in the future.

Third, we are committed to ensuring our men’s basketball team competes at an elite level, challenging for the Big 12 title every year and making deeper runs in the NCAA Tournament.

We also are committed to creating an unmatched home game atmosphere in the Frank Erwin Center. We have begun our search for a new basketball coach, which we expect to complete in a thoughtful yet expeditious manner. You can be assured the successful candidate will be someone who will represent the University with the utmost in competence and integrity and someone who has a history of winning and building a winning culture that ultimately leads to championship performance on a consistent basis. We want a bright leader who can recruit and develop young men to the utmost of their abilities both on and off the court.

Lastly, we appreciate your continued support and look forward to many exciting years of Longhorns basketball.

Thank you, and Hook ‘em,

Steve Patterson


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