Lawmakers Critical About Longhorn Coach

Lawmakers Critical About Longhorn Coach

POSTED: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 2:53pm

UPDATED: Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 10:20am

Several Texas senators are criticizing a $200,000 raise for Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes as the university faces likely budget cuts.

School regents approved the raise Wednesday. Barnes was owed a $75,000 increase under his contract.

Another $125,000 was added to keep him among the 10 highest-paid coaches in the country.

The Texas athletic department is self-supporting and the raise does not include tax money.

State Sen. Kirk Watson, a Democrat representing Austin, says the regents are tone deaf to a state budget crisis that could result in heavy cuts to Texas higher education.

In January, Texas Tech gave football coach Tommy Tuberville a $500,000 raise, prompting complaints by university faculty in Lubbock.

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The almighty bubba/good ol' boy/Texas sports fanatics win out over budget cuts, teacher lay-offs and program cutting...certainly, pay the coaches big bucks...sports are big business to Texas alumni groups who give lots of $ to championship teams. While student fees go up, faculty pay flat-lines or is cut, and classes have to accommodate more students with less faculty coverage, pay the loud-mouthed coaches more...they are the big money-makers at the university level...ugh!

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