Rod Barnes Selected As A Finalist For Naismith National Coach Of The Year Award
Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes has been selected as one of 20 finalists for the Naismith National Men's College Coach of the Year Award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Thursday.

Barnes is one of three SEC coaches up for the honor, as Florida's Billy Donovan and Alabama's Mark Gottfried also made the list of finalists.

Other finalists for the Naismith Award are: Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, Notre Dame's Mike Brey, North Carolina's Matt Doherty, Georgia State's Lefty Driesell, Georgetown's Craig Esherick, Iowa State's Larry Eustashy, Virginia's Pete Gillen, Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, St. Joseph's Phil Martelli, Stanford's Mike Montgomery, Arizona's Lute Olson, Oklahoma's Kelvin Sampson, Illinois' Bill Self, Boston College's Al Skinner, and Kansas' Roy Williams.

The Naismith Awards program, now in its 33rd year, honors the outstanding college basketball coaches in the United States. The awards program was founded by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, an organization dedicated to recognizing the achievements of excellence in basketball.

Ole Miss (21-5, 9-4 SEC), ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 13 in ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll, returns to action Saturday, Feb. 24 when they host Auburn (16-10, 6-7 SEC) at Tad Smith Coliseum. The game is set for a 2:00 p.m. (CT) start.

 

 

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