Barnes says buyout likely kept him from taking UCLA job


April 17, 2019 - 10:00 AM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Rick Barnes believes he would be settling in as UCLA’s coach right about now if buyout negotiations hadn’t broken down.

Barnes’ contract requires Tennessee to receive approximately $5 million if he leaves for another job with five years remaining on his deal.

An agreement couldn’t be worked out. Tennessee announced on April 8 that Barnes was staying in Knoxville.

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