Rick Barnes rebuilding Tennessee with new look
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Rick Barnes rebuilding Tennessee with new look

Former Texas coach has long-term plan with players like Grant Williams

Photo: Grant Williams

Former Tennessee coaches Bruce Pearl, Cuonzo Martin and Donnie Tyndall set the bar low enough to buy second-year coach Rick Barnes some time in Knoxville.

The sparse crowds at 21,678-seat Thompson-Boling Arena are evidence of that. The Volunteers have averaged only 12,306 entering their SEC home opener Tuesday against Arkansas. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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