Coach Barnes’ Hot Seat Cooling Down?

Coach Barnes standing adjusting his tie.
With three straight wins over ranked opponents Rick Barnes may have a little room to loosen his tie (Photo: Jesse Drohen).

Austin has experienced an unusually cold winter, but Texas men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes hasn’t exactly needed to use the seat-warming function in his SUV.

The coach has been on the proverbial hot seat for several years, ever since his Longhorns began making a nasty habit of losing in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Barnes guided Texas to the top of the polls as recently as

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