Barbee failed to lead the Tigers to a record over .500 in four seasons as head coach. Last season, Auburn went 14-16 (6-12 in the SEC) and finished 12th in the conference. Barbee was fired at the end of the season and replaced by Bruce Pearl.
Prior to his stint at Auburn, Barbee found success as the head coach at UTEP. In four seasons there he compiled an 82-52 record. In 2010 the Miners won the Conference USA championship with a 15-1 record (26-7 overall).
At Kentucky, Barbee will be reunited with John Calipari, who coached Barbee when he was a player at UMass. Barbee also served under Calipari as an assistant at his alma mater and also at Memphis, from 2000 to 2006.
Barbee's title at Kentucky will be "special assistant to the head coach." The school says he will fill an "administrative role in operations."
- Dan Gartland