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Auburn Tigers To Hire UTEP Head Coach Tony Barbee

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 18:  Head coach Tony Barbee of the UTEP Miners watches game action against the Butler Bulldogs during the first round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at HP Pavilion on March 18, 2010 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIMarch 24, 2010

According to a report by Andy Katz of ESPN, the Auburn Tigers have decided to hire UTEP head coach Tony Barbee as head coach of their basketball program.

Barbee is an Indianapolis native who's last four years were spent at UTEP, where he became the first African American head coach in school history.

He lead the Miners to a 26-6 mark this year and 15-1 in Conference USA play.

The Miners were knocked out of the NCAA tournament in the first round this season with a loss to Butler, 77-59.

Tony finishes his career at UTEP with a 82-51 record overall and a 39-25 record within Conference USA play.

Barbee was brought on board as head coach of the UTEP basketball program in 2006.

He was an assistant coach to John Calipari in Memphis, who is now coaching the Kentucky Wildcats.

His first coaching stint began at UMass as an assistant coach, where he helped his teams reach two NCAA tournaments.


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