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Tennessee extended men's basketball coach Rick Barnes' contract through the 2023-24 season on Thursday.

Financial details were not disclosed.

Barnes was named the SEC Coach of the Year last season after leading the Volunteers to the conference's regular-season title in his third year at the school. Tennessee reached the title game of the SEC tournament, falling to Kentucky 77-72, and was a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament, advancing to the second round, where it was upset by 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago 63-62. Tennessee finished 26-9.

"Rick has done an exceptional job of reestablishing our men's basketball program into a championship-level program," Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer said in a statement. "He stepped into what was a difficult situation as our program was struggling to find stability, and he's very quickly instilled a winning culture during a time when Southeastern Conference basketball is becoming increasingly competitive. He runs his program the right way, surrounds himself with an incredible staff, and he loves his players and pours himself into their development both on and off the court.

"Our run to an SEC Championship last season energized the entire Tennessee fan base in a very special way, and I believe that energy and excitement will continue to flourish with Rick leading our program forward."

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Many think this years team might be top 5 caliber..... Should be interesting season upcoming


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