So much for Steve Patterson being the hatchet man.
Not so long ago, it seemed as if the Texas Longhorns would have new head coaches in all three major men's sports, but with contract extensions awarded Thursday to basketball coach Rick Barnes and baseball coach Augie Garrido that won't be the case.
After the hire of new football coach Charlie Strong, the decisions by athletics director Steve Patterson to award extensions to Barnes and Garrido are the biggest to date for DeLoss Dodds' replacement in his 10 months on the job.
Both coaches made it easy on Patterson to retain them.
On the hot seat entering the 2013-14 season, Barnes managed to pull together a young Texas team that didn't feature a single senior and had to replace the top four scorers from the underachieving previous team, going 24-11 and advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Not only that, but developed a young nucleus that will add superstar recruit Myles Turner to the mix the season. The Euless Trinity prospect was the biggest commitment for the program since Kevin Durant when he pledged and then signed in late April.
As a result, Barnes had two seasons added to his contract, which now runs through the 2018-2019 season and will remain at $2.5 million annually following his $75 thousand bump next season.
And while some people may question the need for an extension after only one good season, the move does have important recruiting ramifications because know Barnes can assure 2015 prospects that he will be around for all four seasons.
Garrido had even more success than Barnes, taking Texas back to the College World Series after a two-year absence from the postseason. Once in Omaha, the Horns were on the edge of making it to the championship round and nearly emerging from the loser's bracket after a string of elimination games before an infield single in extra innings against the Commodores ended the season.
It was one of the most magical postseason runs in the distinguished history of Texas baseball and downright cathartic after the program's recent struggles.
The extension will keep Garrido at Texas until 2017, at which point he's likely to retire. He'll make $1.04 million per season.
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