Why Barbee chose to assist at UK, not head coach elsewhere

05/28/2015 04:45 PM

LEXINGTON — Tony Barbee spoke with the media today for the first time since being promoted to be Kentucky’s newest assistant basketball coach.

Despite having opportunities to pursue head coaching jobs at other schools, he explained why he chose to stay in Lexington.

It’s all about John Calipari.

Barbee and Cal go way back, all the way to 1989 when Barbee played under the Hall of Fame coach at the University of Massachusetts.

When Calipari left The Bay State to take his talents to Memphis, Barbee soon followed, serving as an assistant coach for the Tigers from 2000 to 2006. After head coaching stops at both UTEP and Auburn, the understudy rejoined Cal once again in Lexington last season as a special assistant.

Now that he’s a full-time assistant coach, Barbee will become much more involved in player development and recruiting at UK.

KSTV discussed the immediate impact Barbee can have at Kentucky starting next season and how valuable it is to have an assistant of his experience on the coaching staff.

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