Yesterday at the SEC meetings in Destin, Kentucky Wildcats Head Coach John Calipari said there may be a spot for Tony Barbee on UK’s staff. Barbee, who was fired by Auburn following the SEC Tournament, played and coached under Calipari at UMass and Memphis, and the two have maintained a close relationship.
“He and I are talking about coming with us, so that’s an option,” Calipari said, via the Catspause. “I know there are some NBA opportunities he may go after. And he may take a year. He’s got three years to figure out what he wants to do, but he’ll be a head coach again. He was outstanding at UTEP. You can’t throw that away.
“It’s a hard business we’re in. Most of these jobs are like small businesses. You’re 30 days from bankruptcy. One or two things go wrong and you’re out. That’s how it is.”
Barbee never won more than six SEC games in any of his four seasons at Auburn. The Tigers finished 14-16 overall, 6-12 in the SEC this season, as Barbee never could carry the Tigers out of the basement of the SEC.
It’s unclear as to what kind of role Barbee would serve at UK, but he would be a welcome addition nonetheless.