Auburn hires UTEP’s Barbee as basketball coach

Barbee led UTEP to three consecutive winning records in four seasons. The Miners were 26-7 this past season but lost 77-59 to Butler in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

“Coach Barbee has a vision of competing for championships at Auburn, and the passion to get us there,” Jacobs said. “He is a phenomenal coach, an outstanding recruiter and a fierce competitor.

“Coach Barbee also shares Auburn values and is the right man to lead our team and represent Auburn University and the Auburn family. The bottom line is Tony Barbee is a winner.”