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Former UTEP Coach Barbee Joins Calipari at Kentucky

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Former UTEP head coach Tony Barbee has reunited with his mentor John Calipari at Kentucky

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Today it was announced that former UTEP head coach Tony Barbee has joined the Kentucky men's basketball coaching staff as a 'special assistant' to the head coach.

The article released by the university states that he will "take on an administrative role" within the staff, and is taking over the spot formerly held by Rod Strickland, who left to take an assistant role at South Florida.

Barbee, of course, was the head coach of the Miners from 2006-2010, taking the Miners from 14-17 in his first year, to 26-7 in his final year, with a first round loss to national runner-up Butler in the 2010 NCAA tournament.

Following that memorable season, Barbee bolted for greener pastures in the SEC at Auburn, but compiled just a 49-75 record while there, failing to break the .500 mark in any season. He was fired from Auburn this past March.

Tony Barbee was recruited by Coach Cal while at UMASS, and played under him there, as well as served as an assistant to him at UMASS and at Memphis prior to coming UTEP.

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