Even as a basketball neophyte / ignoramus, it seems obvious that Rick Barnes can coach his ass off. But my enthusiasm for both his tenure and the immediate future of the program has been greatly hindered by the comments of his assistant earlier in the year, admitting that he's not out traveling to recruit. And it was made infinitely worse when that same assistant went on to actually defend Barnes' obviously lacking efforts on the recruiting trail, claiming he had "earned that right". That Rick Barnes never felt the need to come back around and publicly correct or better explain these comments, is mind-boggling. I can't help to feel like he's simply playing out the twilight of his career, and is content to simply collect his last string of checks, before heading back to Austin in retirement. The end result is that I neither want nor see any suitable reason to be any more invested in this program than I feel like Barnes has, and which isn't very much at all. And while just a blind-assed guess, I also don't believe that Barnes would have even taken Tennessee's call, had Texas not fired him. So, the question is whether both Tennessee and Barnes are a largely loveless relationship, and which is built purely on convenience, alone? And if so, is that ok and truly best for the program? If so, why? Bonus Questions: 1. How many more seasons is Barnes here, taking into account the rumored reports that he is "livid" with Tennessee hiring Currie as AD. 2. Who would you like to see Tennessee land as Barnes' replacement if he leaves / is fired, and coaches that bear watching, in the interim?