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The Rick Barnes era tips off Friday night

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The Rick Barnes era officially starts Friday as the University of Tennessee men’s basketball team hosts Alabama-Huntsville in an exhibition game on Friday.

Barnes, 61, enters into his first season as head basketball coach at the University of Tennessee.

The University of Tennessee athletic office credits Barnes as the 20th head coach in program history.

Barnes spent the previous 17 seasons as head coach of the Texas Longhorns, advancing to 16 NCAA Tournaments. He is the all-time winningest coach at Texas with a 420-180 record.

Barnes was also a head coach at Clemson, Providence and George Mason.

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