Rick Barnes says he wanted to stay as Texas coach (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Feb. 2015, file photo, Texas head coach Rick Barnes calls to his players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State in Austin, Texas. Barnes, who shaped Texas into a national basketball power with three Big 12 championships and 16 NCAA Tournament appearances in 17 years, will be released after yet another quick exit from the postseason, people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Saturday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

An emotional Rick Barnes fought back tears in saying goodbye to Texas after 17 years Sunday, insisting he’s grateful for his time with Longhorns and isn’t bitter about being fired. ”The wins and losses are fleeting, but it’s the relationships that matter,” Barnes said at a 40-minute farewell news conference. We’ve been blessed as a staff here to have so many players who have affected our lives.” But Barnes also revealed that he had been told by athletic director Steve Patterson that he would be back for another season after Texas lost to Butler in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.


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