Auburn fires head coach Tony Barbee after four seasons
Auburn didn't waste time in making a change to its basketball program. The Tigers fired coach Tony Barbee on Wednesday night, hours after the team's SEC tournament loss to South Carolina, the school announced. The news was first reported by Mike Szvetitz of the Opelika-Auburn News.
Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs tweeted the news less than two hours after the Tigers lost to the Gamecocks 74-56 on Wednesday. Jacobs informed Barbee of his termination at the team hotel in Atlanta.
In a statement, Jacobs said he expects more from the Auburn basketball program.
"After careful evaluation of the last four years, I feel this is best for the program," Jacobs said.
"I believe we should compete for championships in men's basketball. It's time for somebody else to have a turn. We need to find somebody to come in here and take what we have here now and put some more in and compete for SEC titles."
Barbee ended his Auburn career with a 48-75 record, which included an 18-50 mark against SEC foes. Perhaps most jarring was Barbee's SEC tournament record; he lost in the first round of the conference tournament in each of his four seasons on The Plains.