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After Slow Decline, Barnes’ Future Uncertain With Longhorns

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas Longhorns have been in a long, steady decline. And given the player exodus since last season, coach Rick Barnes is under increasing pressure to make a quick turnaround.

For more than a decade, Barnes pushed the Texas program to new heights: A Final Four appearance, the first No. 1 ranking in school history and two Longhorns, T.J. Ford and Kevin Durant, earned national player of the year honors.

But a long drought of postseason success has dragged into its fifth year and last season’s losing 16-18 record — Texas’ first since 1997 — have raised questions about Barnes’ future.

Texas opens the season at home Nov. 8 against Mercer.

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