Barnes: 'I Don't Think There's A Finer Coach'

DALLAS, TX -- Texas head coach Rick Barnes met with the media today to discuss the upcoming game against NC State and here is a sampler of what he had to say.

Rick Barnes (14:24)

"I don't know if I grew up a State fan, I think I grew up an ACC fan."

"Obviously my very first job in college coaching was with one of the great Wolfpack's of all-time, Eddie Biedenbach. Through all that I've always been a fan of NC State, obviously."

"Herb was one of those guys that worked 18 hours a day. Always there, never stopped."

"When Herb stands up to talk you realize that he is the smartest guy in the room, he makes more sense than anybody, and he's the guy that should be in charge."

"I don't think there is a finer coach anywhere. I look around at the job he's done at NC State, I think it's remarkable really."

"I know this, if there was any job open today, if the NC State job was open today, and Herb Sendek was somewhere else, he'd be one of the first people they would call. He's going to do it right, he's going to do it in the way that the players are going to love it, and you have to admire him for the way he goes about his business."

"I'll be quite frank, I don't think it has ever been fair for the way he has been treated. I think he is one of the most underated coaches. I think he has poured everything he's had into the State job, and I don't think they can find a better coach to coach their team than him."

"Yea it really does bother me because if you want me to be quite blunt I've got one of the best jobs in the country. Yea, I grew up in North Carolina but I have no desire to coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference or coach anywhere else other than Texas. It bothers me more, not so much about that, it bothers me more that Herb hasn't been appreciated the way he should be appreciated."

"I was there when he first started. I know what he walked into, I know the problems they were having when he got there, what he did with the program. There's a lot of coaches, a lot of programs that would like to have his resume right now. He's had great success, he's going to continue to have great success, but what bothers me most of all is he deserves more than the way he's being treated."

"I just know there is no finer person and I don't want to see anybody that's been treated the way he's been treated, especially with the kind of job he's done for them."

"They are going to be a hard team to defend, you can't take anytime off."

"It would be better if Herb and I could play one-on-one because we would win if it was up to me and him playing."


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