Coach Tony Barbee is in his third season as an assistant coach at Kentucky. On the road recruiting, he helped secure the No. 1 class in 2016, as designated by the Recruiting Services Consensus Index.
Barbee is probably making between 400-500k as an assistant at KY but with a creative contract Moccia might be able to land a guy who knows this landscape as well as anyone.
Barbee was previously the head coach at UTEP and at Auburn and has served as an assistant coach under Calipari for a total of eight seasons in his career. He became Auburn’s head coach prior to the start of the 2010-11 season. He spent four seasons as the head coach of the Tigers and has amassed an overall 131-127 record as a head coach.
During his four-year tenure at the helm of the Miners program, he averaged 20.5 wins per seasons and exceeded his win total from year to year. His most prolific season at UTEP was his last in which he led the Miners to a 26-7 overall record, a C-USA regular-season title and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009-10. The Miners lost to eventual NCAA runner-up Butler in the NCAA Tournament. The Miners finished 15-1 in Conference USA and had a 16-game winning streak and set a school record for consecutive road wins with seven while being ranked in the top 25 by both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll for the first time in 18 years.