March 12, 2014
Tonight I made the decision not to retain Coach Tony Barbee as our Head Men's Basketball Coach.
As I said a year ago, I expected to see significant improvement in our basketball program this season. Unfortunately, the results fell short of my expectations. I decided to make a change for one reason. I expect more.
Based on significant investments we have made in recent years, I believe our basketball program can be competitive. It has been in the past, and it will be in the future.
The basketball program is an important part of Auburn Athletics and that's why I am determined to lead basketball to a turnaround. In the past few years, we have invested $87 million for the completion of the Auburn Arena and increased our overall financial support for the program.
Our attention now turns to the search for a new coach, which I will be leading. Our student-athletes played their hearts out all season, and I intend to hire a coach who will make a turnaround happen. My top priority is finding a coach who will help them succeed in the classroom and on the court. I will find a coach who will represent Auburn University well on campus and in the community.
Changing coaches is never easy because it impacts the lives of many families. I do not take it lightly. I am grateful for the hard work Coach Barbee and his entire staff put in over the past four years, and I wish each of them and their families the very best.
I believe our best days are ahead of us. That is true for all of our sports, and it is true for our basketball program.
I look forward to introducing a new coach once our search is complete. Thank you for your patience and support.
God Bless and War Eagle!