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Tennessee coach Rick Barnes will not be leaving Knoxville anytime soon...

Barnes, who is entering his fourth season as the Vols head coach, has agreed to a new contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2023-24 season, the school announced Thursday.

Tennessee Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer announced Thursday that reigning SEC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year Rick Barnes has received a contract extension through the 2023-24 season.

"Rick has done an exceptional job of reestablishing our men's basketball program into a championship-level program," Fulmer said. "He stepped into what was a difficult situation as our program was struggling to find stability, and he's very quickly instilled a winning culture during a time when Southeastern Conference basketball is becoming increasingly competitive. He runs his program the right way, surrounds himself with an incredible staff and he loves his players and pours himself into their development both on and off the court.

"Our run to an SEC Championship last season energized the entire Tennessee fan base in a very special way, and I believe that energy and excitement will continue to flourish with Rick leading our program forward."
Here are the details of Barnes' contract extension, according to

The new deal will pay Barnes $3.25 million in 2018-19 to put him No. 10 nationally in salary and No. 2 in the SEC behind Kentucky's John Calipari, according to the USA TODAY coaches' database.

Barnes' salary will increase by $100,000 each year of the deal until it reaches $3.75 million in 2023-24. The total value of the new contract is $21 million over six years.
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