Tennessee gives Rick Barnes 2-year extension

Tennessee announced Tuesday that head coach Rick Barnes has received a two-year extension on his contract, which now runs through the 2025-26 season.Financial terms were not released. Barnes is the fifth-highest paid coach in the country with a total package of $4.7 million, per the USA Today database.The extension was one of nine announced Tuesday by Tennessee athletic director Danny White, in his first year as AD in Knoxville.”First, I’d like to acknowledge the fact that I inherited a very impressive roster of head coaches when I arrived at Tennessee back in January,” White said in a statement. “That’s a credit to those who came before me. Extending contracts for successful coaches is one indicator of a healthy athletics program, and we plan on continuing to be aggressive with extensions and rewarding success moving forward.”Barnes, who turns 67 on Saturday, is 123-73 after six seasons at Tennessee. He’s led the Volunteers to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including this past season when UT was a No. 5 seed. The Vols lost in the first round to upstart Oregon State.